Why Nigerians must unite and rise above ethnicity and religion ~ By Eke O Eke

The Nigeria problem is now like Knotted ball of rope. One has to carefully examine the knotted ball to know the strand one can pull without making the knot tighter.

On examine the ball, I have identified some strands, which if pulled, will begin to unravel the knotted ball. The problem is unwillingness of those who must pull the strands to act.

I looked at the most successful group of Nigerians, the corrupt political class, and saw the formula for the transformation of Nigeria.

The have used it successfully and will stop at nothing to stop the silent and suffering majority from doing the same thing they do.

What I saw was very simple, they do not allow religion or ethnicity to come between them and their aims and objectives.

However, they fan the flame of religion and ethnicity to stop ordinary Nigerians from coming together to fight for their common interest. They tell their people not to vote for people of other ethnicity or religion, but have as their best friends corrupt leaders from other ethnic groups.

The Nigerian corrupt elites see themselves as one family, irrespective of ethnicity and religion.

You see this played out when they celebrate their birthdays, their wedding ceremonies and those of their children and when any of them commits a crime.

The corrupt politicians appoint the judges and nominate those who become Senior Advocates.

Then the SANS and judges abuse the law to acquit them when they loot the treasury. Their loyalty is to themselves and not to the country, morality or noble values and they vigorously defend their interest, whatever the law says.

The solution to the Nigerian problem is therefore simple. It requires the Nigerian poor coming together under a political ideology to exploit the existing democratic institutions to gain power to lay the foundation of a civil society.

It is therefore clear that any group like Arewa youth IPOB etc., which Pursue secretion interests on the basis of religion or ethnicity do not represent the solution.

PThe leaders of such groups use the groups to gain the right to be admitted into the corrupt club, which must be disbanded to give Nigeria a future.

Ordinary Nigerians must do what the criminal elites have done, swear not to allow religion or ethnicity to divide them in the struggle for good government, justice, equality, and free society under the rule of law.

Those who fight ethnic or religious battles are perpetuating the Nigerian night mare. Nigerians must unite to defeat corruption, nepotism and sectarianism. The alternative is disintegration into ethnic enclaves.

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