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TRIBALISM AND ETHNICISM: NIGERIA, AN ABATTOIR FOR SLAUGHTER

 

Nigeria that was once a nation full of milk and honey is now in disarray. The milk and honey that the country is been known for, has dried up and turn to a killing field where blood is been used to replace both milk and honey. There is no single day without bloodshed in the country. Evil takes over the minds of the country’s citizen. It has been embedded in their souls.

Different terror groups rise every day, killing human being in scores without any justice given to those lives been taken. Blood is seen as water for cleansing. Ethnic groups attack each other spilling blood over superiority. Tribalism is the order of the day. There have been many issues of conflict emanating from ethnic groups and diversities. This can impedes the growth of the nation.

The issue of tribalism has elevated to a higher status. Tribalism now controls our faculty of reasoning, whom to talk to, it determines what we oppose and support. Tribalism has been for years, passing from one generation to another. Both old and young, rich and poor embraces it. It has even find a way to manoeuvre into the constitution of the country. that is the more reason government make laws or formulate policies that will favor one side of the country and leave others subdued.

Since they arose in 2009, the numbers of lives taken by daredevil terrorist group (Boko Haram) can never be ascertained. Government agencies give report only on what they can calculate. They have rendered millions of people homeless and also leave the country’s economy bleeding. They place the nation at the threshold of disintegration for unjustifiable cause.

As if that was not enough, the herdsmen known to travel with their cattle with stick and cutlass turn wild. They pick up fighting tools, killing human being like house fly. They enter into people’s farm with their cattle and destroy their crops. If questioned, they will gun the owner of the farm down. They go into villages, shooting sporadically, killing people without facing challenges from security operatives.

The recent killings in Plateau state spark outrage in Nigeria. The Fulani herdsmen insurgency advance to a higher level. They ransacked 11 villages killing over 200 souls and also burn houses. These cannot continue to happen. For the Federal government to act on these killings, they keep on blaming the late President of Libya , Muammar Al Ghadafi. What a funny country we live in. The chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) claimed that it is a reprisal attack over the killings of 300 cows that belong to the Fulani’s.

The President continues to promote and protect the interest of the Fulani. This lead him to make laws which cannot be welcomed that in each state, there should be cattle colony for grazing. Tribalism cemented the heart of the President because the Fulani are his kinsmen.

Nigerians kill themselves for stupid reason. People get kill over land dispute between two communities, ethnicity killings, religious killings which is rampant (Southern Kaduna as an insight).  Even the recent killings is based on that.

Nigerians forget the motto “Peace and Faith, Unity and Progress”. The only time Nigerians unite is when football match is on. That is when you will hear an Igbo man saying ‘Musa Nwanem, I too like the guy‘ but immediately after the match, everybody remain on his/her own. If this killing spree should continue to happen, the citizens will pick up weapons to defend themselves. Endurance is limited.

In his book title ‘Secret to Love’ published in 1963, Martin Luther King Jr said: ” hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper kindness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction. So when Jesus says love your enemies, he is setting forth a profound and ultimately inescapable admonition.

Have we not to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies – or else? The chain reaction of evil – hate, wars producing wars – must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation “.

This is what we should follow or else Nigeria is at the verge of destruction. King also said “ We must learn to live together as brothers or we will perish together as fools”.

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