Opinion: What future is there for Nigeria?

Opinion: What future is there for Nigeria?


Editor’s note: Today, October 14, marks one year of detention of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, who was arrested in Lagos on October 14, 2015, alongside two others.

Oliver Okoro, one of the NAIJ.com guest contributors, shares his views on the events that lead to Nigeria’s civil war in 1967. The author also addresses the issue of united Nigeria and the self-determination of Biafra states.

The name Biafra evokes a deep wound that was inflicted on a section of the Nigerian people living in the defunct Eastern region of the country from May 1967 to January 1970, with the Igbo at the centre.

The ugly events of those years, which history now records as the Nigeria-Biafra Civil War, culminated in the loss of over a million lives mostly on the Biafra side and the destruction of infrastructure and economy of the once vibrant and fast-moving region.

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The survivors of the pogrom and the resultant civil war in the defunct Biafra Republic were devastated and impoverished and had to start life afresh.

Nearly 50 years after the Biafra debacle, the wounds have refused to heal, meaning that someone is pricking at it. As a matter of fact, the wounds have become chronic with tense psychological trauma on the Igbo.

The question to ask is, why is it that decades after the end of the Biafra War, the wounds have not yet healed? Five decades are enough time to heal the wound if it had been treated adequately.

Why is the wound not healing? Who is pricking on the wound? These are some of the critical issues that Offodile addressed in the most informative book that has added to the Biafra discourse.

The book goes further to look into Nigeria future vis-à-vis the depressing state of political leadership, economic mismanagement and crass underdevelopment syndrome.

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What future is there for Nigeria under the weight of insensitive leadership and lopsided political framework with no enduring vision for a united country? My name is Oliver Okoro.

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the editorial policy of Naij.com.

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