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Separatist Tensions in Nigeria: Emerging Issues

Apr 24, 2024 | Politics | 0 comments

Due to political misconduct, administrative nepotism, corruption, and incompetence of those in power, there’s been a growing disregard for legitimate authorities and sovereignty in Nigeria. As a result, people feel increasingly alienated from the government. The government needs to earn respect or legitimacy due to poor governance.

The populace has witnessed the shortcomings of successive post-colonial Nigerian administrations, eroding the traditional aura of government. People now view the government as an adversary to be resisted rather than an agency for their security and welfare. However, they need to figure out how to challenge the government without breaking the law.

Secessionist movements have become widespread as various national groups feel marginalized in the centralized power structure. However, regional elites behind these movements are often driven by greed. The evolution of groups like IPOB and Oodua separatists stems from their regional ethnic leaders, who have drummed secession into their followers’ heads.

The recent attempted takeover of Ibadan by the Yoruba Nation army and the subsequent disassociation by regional leaders underscore the confusion surrounding these movements. While some claim to pursue peaceful means, this is questionable given the history and context.

The 1966 abolition of the regions by military fiat was a devastating assault on post-colonial Nigerian society. The federation’s march towards a harmonious Statehood was abruptly halted by shortsighted and bigoted native politicians who pursued corrupt and divisive provincial objectives.

The recent incident in Ibadan, where the flag of the Nigerian State was replaced with that of the Yoruba Nation, highlights the lack of faith in the present governing system among many Nigerians. However, they are still determining how to change their situation.

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