We can now see clearly – Part 2 | The Guardian Nigeria News

We engage in ruthless cultivation murder whenever we play down our Urhoboness, Isokoness, Ijawness, Igboness, Yorubaness, etc. in favor of a Nigerianess that floats in the air. And we are encouraged to do so because we are promised a touching ‘statesman’ award, as opposed to the demeaning ‘tribal man’ award.

It is laughable to hear people making statements such as “detribalized Nigerians” seeing themselves as true “national patriots”. Far from being the case, the one who claims to be detribalized has in substance only succeeded in being at a level lower than that of the human and closer to that of the lower animals.

For going with the Darwinian theory of evolution or the Marxist materialist conception of historical evolution, what essentially distinguished man from the rest of the animal kingdom was the gradual, arduous but successful development of the second system of sound signals (the language). Anyone who has lost this invaluable product of the labor of his ancient ancestors or who claims to have done it just for a few mundane pedestrian pursuits only succeeds in placing himself in a position where he deserves to be pained.

This does not detract from the argument if it is postulated that what we mean is that these so-called “detribalized Nigerians” only claim to put aside tribal considerations when they are on “national assignments”. . Every thoughtful person observes the law of self-preservation as the first law of nature. Even Jesus of Nazareth claimed to have been sent to the nation of Israel and did not consider it right that the bread intended for children be given to dogs.

International organizations such as the European Union struggle because the average European is unwilling or unwilling to assume a secondary supra-identity alongside their primary identity and attachment to their immediate nation, their tribe. And whenever there are conflicts of interest, they simply move away from the secondary identity imposed as the British have done with the European Union this year.

A man who has no preference for himself, for his people and for his linguistic group; or who pretends not to do it, has quite simply lost the sense of its history and its humanity and is not fit to live. Germans, French, English, Italians etc. love all of their nations and are very proud of their native language and identity and could never claim to be detribalized. The First and Second World Wars were fought strictly on the basis of linguistic affiliation. Despite the destruction and losses that accompanied it, it led to the emancipation of the oppressed peoples locked in empires such as in the Balkans.

4. Beyond reform: the time has come to ungroup the Nigerian Empire
Chief Obasanjo’s final warning to his colleague in his letter states, “I believe we should be reformists rather than pedantic with a give or take attitude. Together, I also believe that Nigeria can be mended and mended for the benefit of today and tomorrow on the basis of give and take… Reform is a continuous exercise but relatively slow to yield results. The revolution for radical change can rarely happen and then we can continue to languish in frustration and regret with terrible judgment for posterity… ”

It is heartwarming that Chief Obasanjo is alluding to the two equal measures of social engineering and transformation, namely reform and revolution. It is also understandable that he seems to approve of reforms, and hates revolutions apparently because of the uncertain results of the latter and the inconvenience that can follow. What the Chief did not notice is that the overthrow of colonial frameworks and structures is a non-negotiable prerequisite for the emancipation of peoples and the emergence of nation-states; and it is only within these nation-states, having a homogeneity of culture and psychological trait, that progress and development are guaranteed. More importantly, history has conclusively revealed that it is only through revolutions that nation states emerge from repressive and reprehensible empires.

Revolutions precede reforms. Empire builders and managers are inclined to maintain the status quo because it suits their whims and whims. Oppressed peoples within empires would be inclined to seek freedom through restructuring, or at least reconsideration of the terms of association. The calamitous shock that results from these diametrically opposed positions is what we call “revolutions” or “wars” or “murderous quarrels”.

Nigeria is an empire that must be unbundled. The Roman Empire was overthrown and subsequently European nation states were born. Following this achievement by the revolution, reforms were initiated starting with the withdrawal of the Latin language from Roman colonization, and so began a translation of literary works into German, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, etc. The Roman Church was rejected giving way to the Church of England, Lutheran Church of Germany, etc.

The Ottoman Empire lasted 600 years and collapsed. From there emerged what is now Bulgaria, Egypt, Greece, Hungary, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel and Macedonia.

The Austro-Hungarian Empire collapsed and from it emerged Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia. Czechoslovakia collapsed again and from there emerged the Czech Republic and Slovenia. Yugoslavia collapses and comes out of it Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, Kosovo.

The USSR also collapsed, and from it emerged 15 republics – Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, etc.

Africa has remained underdeveloped, backward, chained, for it has refused to follow the lead of others – to unravel all the Lugard-type experiences across the continent and to reorganize its political entities according to culture, language, psychological trait and history. The excuse has been that revolutions are too risky to undertake, so we are content with “reforms”. But revolutions precede reforms. You do not give a reforming antidote to a disease that requires revolutionary action, and wait for a perfect cure.

Yoruba Nation, Urhobo Nation, Igbo Nation, Ijaw Nation all have to emerge and exist independently for there to be an experience of progress as we see elsewhere in the world. Once this objective is reached, reforms will then be introduced. They will translate all literary works into their indigenous languages ​​and adopt the same language of instruction in schools. Their cultures and beliefs would then serve as a “grundnorm” on the basis of which the constitutions of their individual nation would be written.

At that time, Nigeria would have been history, just as the Ottoman Empire is history today. Everyone would have moved to their territory. Secondary issues of ownership of mineral, oil and gas resources would not even need to be discussed. The Urhobo Nation would know that Utorogu’s oil and gas belong exclusively to them. No Abuja foreigner would even imagine claiming resources elsewhere. Oil and gas in Ijaw territory would belong to the Ijaw; same with Ogoni and Kalabari.

And if Chief Obasanjo discovered oil on his farm in Ota, he wouldn’t need a Gambari-led federal government to revoke his “C of O” and ask him to vacate the property in “the best interest.” higher public ”.

At that time, we would have achieved authenticity and peaceful coexistence. Interestingly, Chiefs Clark and Obasanjo would still be friends, but not “government officials” in the same country. At best, they would be good neighbors in nearby independent nation-states, exchanging love letters, innocent of claims and counterclaims over the mineral and petroleum resources of their respective territories.
Ogheneochuko Arodovwe, wrote of Warri. emmaochuko@gmail.com

Edward K. Thompson