Nigeria was forged by different peoples joining peoples from Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba, Idoma, Tiv, Benin, Ijaw, Okpamiri, Nupe and other ethnic groups. Though we can be, we are not one.
We were different people with distinct cultures and ways of lives.
We thought and worked hard together in order to take care of our people.
We had control of our individual communities and the resources within them.
We were prepared to learn modern ways of harnessing these resources in our environment.
Until the European industrialists came in search of the resources and foreign territory
They killed those who resisted their exploitation as they plundered the land
Eventually, the world frowned at our continued brutality in the colonial bondage by Europeans
They knew it was time to leave Africa, or at least pretend to hand over power to indigenous Africans
Before they left, they installed a government structure of force and guns
A government structure that can gather all the resources from the communal ownership of the different ethnic communities.
A government (class prefect) that can control the lives and internal politics of the ethnic communities.
A type government that is not compatible with the diversity of the people.
Thus stripping the ethnic communities of the right to own and manage their
The Nigerian government (Western world’s class prefect) is saddled with two major responsibilities:
- Ensure the people’s conformity through their education, force, entertainment, distractions, divide and rule
- Send us all the crude resources in your land in exchange for sweet oyibo currency, abi na foreign exchange una dey call am. Struggle and share this sweet currency among yourselves in order to import your food, drugs, mega cities and even, fake industrialization.
Politicians happily share these proceeds of crude resources from individual ethnic communities
They fight to get/retain the position that allows them sell communal resources and share the money
Ethnic community people and their leaders are intimidated to demand ownership of their resources
Indigenous researchers do not have access to these resource for their local research
Indigenous engineers do not have access to these resources to show their productive knowledge
They are now jobless, begging for maintenance jobs, management, banking and accounting jobs
The ones with some connection travel out, while other ones join socio-religious scam business
The ones who are ambitious but frustrated join different types of social vices and criminal acts
Funnily, everyone is encouraged to be an Entrepreneur, speculating for cheaper foreign goods to import and sell
While foreign companies take the resources to produce what our entrepreneurs sell to us daily.
It does not have to continue this way
Electing another person to take the same oppressive position
Nigerians have never agreed, or been given the opportunity to agree what Nigeria is
It is not just about the person, it is about the system
When your computer is hanging, restart the computer
When you are singing off-key, restart the song
And when the we are thinking of fixing Nigeria, and it is still falling apart
Restartnaija comes to mind
Restartnaija is an ongoing research into the problems with the Nigerian social structure
Restartnaija is a call to return to the basis for the intellectual and emotional understanding of Nigeria; an intellectual understanding of who we are, where we are and how we can move from here to where we want to be. It is a response to the call of many Nigerian youths, who are confused on how to contribute to the future of their country.
For if we do not understand the problem properly, we will destroy more things in the process… http://restartnaija.com/2017/06/01/nigerians-are-not-dna-corrupt/
Restartnaija is not an affiliate of any party, but a voice of concern for the Nigerian society. We all suffer the recession, despite our party affiliations. Though we can still be one in purpose, still we are not one.
For this we have to discuss, renegotiate on how to become truly of one purpose.
The frequency and varying degrees of inter-tribal disputes online, offline, in the offices, churches and open society shows that we are not one.
The fact that we have been living together for a long time and intermarrying shows that we can be one, but we are not one
The fact that we do business together shows that we can be one, but we are not one
The fact that we cheer the super eagles together shows that we can be one, but we are not one
Restartnaija aims to catalyse a free discussion and consent between the ethnic communities to be one in purpose.
We must not agree to be one by force.
Yet, we can negotiate for our interests in the union of Nigerian partnership.
Until then, we are not one. Though we can be one when we agree to be, presently we are not one.
 Richard Dowden