This tweet by @FulanNasrullah is probably the most important tweet in #Nigeria this year https://twitter.com/FulanNasrullah/status/710107877508292609
We must understand that there are so many divergent views in this country of ours, a country that consists of so many ethnic groups. It is all predicated on a simple question: what is Nigeria? Who is a Nigerian?
For too long we have lived in a form of denial, pretending to be one country when we clearly are not. To quote one of our “founding fathers”, Nigeria is a mere geographical expression. He was right. However, he failed, and woefully, to heed the advice of another of his peers who said, “Let us understand our differences, so we can accommodate one another.”
And this is the crux of the matter. We do not understand our differences, so we keep making mistakes. Even worse, we keep pretending to be one, and act surprised when events show we are not one. If we are honest, then it is time to put all the pretence behind us and genuinely ask the hard question: is Nigeria worth saving? Is it time to divide this geographical expression into component parts? Or should we sit down and find out what it is that will work? To quote Afenifere, “our Constitution is a lie”. It pretends to be what it is not, and we pretend to be what we are not.
On my part, I have spent every one of my thirty-six years as a Nigerian, and I am loathe to let the country go. But I recognise that my country simply does not work, and is locked in a vortex. At the end of each cycle of the vortex, things simply get worse. I cannot keep living like this. I suspect this is the same for so many others. It is time for us to tear that Constitution, and come up with a document that takes into account our innate differences.
Afenifere has a constitution that I suspect takes into account the thinking and aspirations of majority of the Yoruba. Maybe each region, or group needs one, then we have a binding agreement that takes care of our common defence, trade and foreign policy. Will that work? I do not know. But it is a different path. And a different path is what we need to take.