NewsExpress banner First Bank Fashion Souk Fidelity bank card banner Umm Sulaim's Thoughts Camano banner

Discordant tunes over agitations for restructuring our nation Nigeria

By News Express on 28/11/2019

Gmail icon

Views: 198

Every so often, Nigerians devise a grievance and stipulate the solution.

Since our latest embrace of civilian governance and over several years, the clamour was for a sovereign national conference.

The Sovereign National Conference was for Nigerians to talk with each other on how to live together in the same Nation. For some unclear reason, proponents of the conference expect Nigerians to be incapable of having a normal conversation without a government intervention.

The same self-styled activists, regularly issue divisive statements in the media. The propaganda achieves its purpose of keeping Nigerians at loggerheads along the lines of region, religion, ethnicity, and, often, political affiliation.

Thus, established that Nigerians do not want to share the same Country with anyone of another faith or facial feature, the activists with a now regionwide following demand a conference. We have had some notable sovereign national conferences.

The last one was the outcome of a ruthless bullying tactic against the then President.

Well, Nigerians continue to talk at each other, in disdain and with blatant disinformation and propaganda.

Southerners, with the Yoruba and NdiIgbo as the principal culprits, employ the mass media and social media to spread their version of what the problem is in Nigeria. They proffer solutions, the most easily discerned of such solutions being: We do not want you to be the same as us.

Northerners, in particular the Hausa-Fulani, the Yoruba, and multiple ethnicities which stretch across the region, barring the Tiv and Jukun, have their own means of propaganda dissemination.

Sitting along the street, these criminals intimidate and harass anyone who does not conform. During sermons, religious leaders endorse and affirm the hate speech.

The problem with Nigeria is simple: Only by your insistence do we abide by the Constitution of the Federal Republic Of Nigeria.

There is only one solution: We want you to be the same as us. You see, here, Nigeria does not exist. We live together peacefully, provided you adhere to the laws we contrive at our convenience. Everyone, except you, cooperates with us.

Do you not observe the Yoruba, NdiIgbo, Edo, Efik, Ogoni, Igarra, and numerous other ethnicities of the South resident here promoting our way of life?

For the past few years, there has been a new problem identified by Southerners; a perceived lack of representation, the solution of which lies in restructuring.

Northerners do not visualise why Southerners have issues with a country which does not exist. Nigeria is not for us, though we bear a Nigerian passport to travel to Saudi Arabia on Hajj.

In this and several other attributes, Northerners are the twin siblings of Southerners who describe Nigeria in unprintable terms, yet hold a Nigerian international passport and a Nigerian identity card.

Southerners are among the very first to queue to ensure their due, from the Nigeria of their worst nightmare, arrives safely in their pocket. They insist we must talk with each other again, on the same issue of residing together.

Northerners opine there is nothing to discuss.

Southerners demand a fresh revenue sharing formula, where State Governments who owe workers and pensioners months in arrears, have a final say on how resources obtained from the State are utilised.

I say many State Governments have repeatedly demonstrated a gross inability to develop their respective States, despite the monthly handouts they receive from the Federal Government. A stagnation in infrastructural development is most appalling in the five states of AlaIgbo.

A better direction of restructuring is for Nigerians to restructure their attitudes towards the Nigeria.

•Umm Sulaim is the Publisher of Umm Sulaim’s Thoughts (

Copyright © 2019 Umm Sulaim. All rights reserved.

Source News Express

Posted 28/11/2019 11:39:36 AM





You may also like...
More ‘born again’ Christians return WAEC certificates

Senator challenges youths to shift from social media,...

The ASSAULT on Supreme Court, By Olusegun Adeniyi...

Knife attacker shouting ‘Allah’ wounds 3 in Manchester...

Tenure: Court strikes out suit seeking Fowler’s sack...

Lagos kicks off ‘ember’ months safety campaign

What I know about Boko Haram —Modu Sheriff...

Harvard University evacuates buildings after bomb threat

Lee Engineering Boss seeks stronger government role in...

Finally revealed: How British spies organised the ASSASSINATION...

Fees in Nigeria’s private varsities still low, says...

2019: Dogara raises alarm over rising violence, arms...


Latest News US to review relationship with Nigeria over Sowore Varsity lecturer found dead in office Sowore court arrest is ‘shocking affront’ to Nigerian law – US senator Why we stopped 150 from departing at Lagos airport – Immigration Court invasion: NHRC calls for arrest, trial of security operatives involved How Nigerian Twitter helped keke rider raise over N1 million to pay hospital bills Herdsman hacks farmer to death in Ogun 15,731 Nigerians deported from 16 countries Policemen, others killed as gunmen spray bus with bullets Man beats wife into coma for having sex with another lover in matrimonial bed Tax evasion: Enugu to distrain over 3,000 establishments Ganduje presents employment letters to 920 newly recruited health workers


Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (569,549 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (455,565 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (405,383 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (340,272 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (306,926 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (290,632 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (260,763 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (259,613 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (241,049 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (227,604 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (203,439 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (199,922 views)


CBN milk production

CBN banner advert

UBA Wise Savers Promo


Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (111) Business & Economy (4,614) Business Verdict (89) Columnists (1,156) Complaints & Requests (97) Enterprise & Opportunities (221) Entertainment (715) Features (852) Global Business Monitor (497) ICT Monitor (72) International (4,307) Interview (217) Live Commentary (30) Love Matters (177) Maggie's Blog (510) News (54,936) Opinion (1,436) Pidgin (18) Politics (11,855) Religion (1,132) Sports (2,246) Stock Watch (40) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update







APO Group Partner




GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member



Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera