Nigeria ordained to fail - Femi Fani Kayode

A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode,
says Nigeria has been destined to fail since its
creation by the British in 1914.

He said the British created Nigeria such that the
‘poor North’ would continue to rule while the
‘rich South’ will remain oppressed.
Fani-Kayode said this in a Facebook post on
Tuesday titled, “The 9th Earl of Bathrust and the
Nigerian State.”

He said shortly before independence, the British
gave the North permanent rule.
He said, “The Nigeria that they (British) handed
over to us in 1960 was nothing but an
unworkable artificial state and a poisoned
chalice. It was destined to fail right from the

“Worse still, they handed us that poisoned
chalice with a malicious and mischievous intent
and without any recourse to our people in terms
of any form of a national referendum.”

Fani-Kayode, said what the British did in Nigeria
was replicated in other countries like India and
Sudan, adding that those countries had since
divided having woken up politically.

He said it was regrettable that Nigerians had
failed to take their destinies into their own
He added, “The British did the same thing in
varying degrees when they left virtually each and
every one of their other third world colonies. The
most obvious cases, however, were Nigeria,
Sudan, India and the nation that was formerly
known as Malaya.

“Every one of these four countries had
monumental problems with sustaining their unity
after independence and all of them, with the
exception of Nigeria, were compelled to breakup
into smaller entities before they could bring out
the best in themselves as a people and fully
exercise their human potential.

“Consequently, India broke up into three and
became India, Pakistan and Bangladesh; the
Sudan broke into two and became Southern
Sudan and the Sudan and Malaya broke into two
and became Malaysia and Singapore. Nigeria has
yet to find the courage and fortitude to go that
far and whether we will eventually break up or
not remains to be seen.”

Fani-Kayode said if the terms of the ‘marriage’
between the North and the South were not
reviewed, there could be further crisis.
He added, “The result of the amalgamation was
predictable. It was either the ‘poor husband’ (the
North) would fully subjugate and eventually kill
the ‘rich wife’ (the South) or the ‘rich wife’
would fully subjugate and eventually kill the ‘poor
husband’. And we are right in the middle of that
struggle for mutual subjugation till today.”

The Peoples Democratic Party chieftain said the
only way to address the “unfair” arrangement
was a complete devolution of powers. He said
Nigeria must embrace true federalism.

- Punch

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