AN OPEN LETTER TO MY COUNTRYMEN I.
I write as one of you. I write because the times are precarious. I write to wake up a curiosity that by Jove may ignite a peaceful ethical cum moral revolution in the land.
Countrymen it saddens me each time I read the plethora of divisive thoughts and opinion blaming our woes on a section of the nation. It traumatizes the carapace of my mind to see educated, learned and otherwise schooled persons preach messages that are pro-south and anti-north and vice versa.
We have a common oppressor, we are the victims of the Northern and the Southern Political class, we are pawns in the chess game of the Nigerian political elite who employ religious and sectional jargons when they appear shortchanged in sharing the spoils of power.
Spare a thought for the victims of the pre-colonial struggle, for those who fought for the independence of this nation, for the victims of the Nzeogwu revolution, for the victims of the revenge coup of July 1966.
Spare a thought for the victims of the pogrom in the North in 1966/67 and the victims of the 1967-70 civil war, what about the victims of the Maitasine uprising, remember the victims of the June 12 struggle and the many victims of the various struggles against injustice in our nation. Yes, when we do spare a thought for the many tragic mementos of our evolution and remember that the Northerners and the Southerners alike have been the victims of the collateral damage that an unpatriotic ruling elite throws up, we may well begin to address issues rather than religion or tribe, issues rather than region or section and issues rather than creed or clan.
The truth is that until this raging confusion the Northern and the Southern elite have been in cahoots in the plunder of Nigeria. Yes, when the Oil wells were shared the Southern elite didn’t oppose it because they got a few.
(To be contd).
Prof. Chris Nwaokobia Jnr.