Opinion Post: Can Northern and Southern Nigeria hold similar views?

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Like the different windows of reality, Northerners and Southerners in Nigeria share different views of the picture more commonly known as ‘Nigeria’. This includes their political history, their role as citizens and their perceived contribution to what is to be the future of the country.

Where a large part of the Northern elite who have grown significantly dependent on monthly crude oil revenue from the Federal purse courtesy of the Southern region aiding in the construction of roads, maintenance of institutions and funding of personal projects see the union as a *** which replaces the all too difficult earlier market of Agricultural products, others in the south (particularly those in the South-South region) have lamented at the unfair distribution of the proceeds from resources present in commercial quantity in only their region and perceive the Northern region as simply an army of Parasites.

But these views aren’t very threatening where political activity is absent. The North-South relationship is one which as many believe was fractured at creation, and has been maintained largely by a consistent system of failed governments, coups and military take-overs. Yet, this relationship has survived over a hundred years.

In reality, not only are these two regions largely different in culture and history, but also in religious affiliations too. But these differences have their catalysts enshrined in economic and political benefits. A Nigeria where oil revenues are used to develop only the oil producing states is one which will no doubt appeal to the preachers of ‘true-federalism’ who are largely of Southern origin. A Nigeria free from oil domination, where mass agricultural activity ensures increased standard of living, provides funds for education and reduces mass un-employment is surely one which will appeal to even the most pragmatic of Northern citizens.

From the attainment of Independence in October, 1960, the Nigerian nation has passed through the leadership of 13 rulers, military and civilian, with President Goodluck Jonathan being the 14th ruler of the country. Of the lot, seven of them, have had the privilege to leave the seat of power and still be alive to account for their actions or inactions while in office. Others, were unfortunate as they had their rulership terminated and eventually died while in power.

In the on-going relationships between these two regions which have continued to grow wider in the shadows of the anticipated 2015 elections, there is great doubt that the wheels of the nation will be powered by the same crew, more doubt will ensure if one is to question the direction towards which the country is heading.

A stronger country where there will exist no monopoly of power by any one region, where equality, respect for laws and functioning systems of governance will reign supreme, or as witnessed in Sudan, the splitting of another black nation, in other words the collapse of the largest black nation in the world.

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