The events of 1914. A political wedding or welding??.

Some schools of thought are of the opinion that the amalgation of the North and southern Nigeria in 1914 was a political welding together and not a political wedding. In a wedding, there is mutual consent of the two parties to be wedded, while the reverse is the case in a welding where the two parties are forced to stick together even against their will. So! Is it possible that we are paying the price today of this welding together which was rather imposed on Nigeria by our colonialists without mutual consent of the two divides?? And that the welded parts are today strained, cracked and seeking for a return to what it was before 1914?. A political marraige which is a product of a political wedding is way better than a political welding.

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The amalgamation of 1914 was certainly not a political wedding.  It was a unification done by  Colonial Masters for their own selfish interest.  Today the events that have followed the 'union' have clearly indicated that what is now Nigeria was not meant to be  in the first place. We certainly would have fared better with  separate indentities.

Thanks charlse for sharing your thoughts on this issue. Apparently, we are paying the price of a forced marraige. Innocent Nigerians are dying in different parts of this country today as result of the actions of religious and political extremist who think they are alone have the right to reside in a particular part of the country. Nigeria should get its act together and prevent further loss of lives. Theres so much ethno religiuos rivalry amongst us that leaves me to wonder whether we should remain under one Nigeria or split???.

Mr. Ekpeme I am glad you are among the few Nigerians that think the way I do.  I have siad it repeatedly that in as much as we would like to remain as one united Nigeria, it must be on the condition all ethnic groups respect one another, all religions must be practiced without let or hinderance and every Nigeria must have the right to live anywhere he or she chooses.  No ethnic group or religion has the monopoly of violence.  The Imams should do more to preach the words of Allah and not violence.  This way, Nigeria can survive.

 Ekpeme Otumala RobJ Monday said:

Thanks charlse for sharing your thoughts on this issue. Apparently, we are paying the price of a forced marraige. Innocent Nigerians are dying in different parts of this country today as result of the actions of religious and political extremist who think they are alone have the right to reside in a particular part of the country. Nigeria should get its act together and prevent further loss of lives. Theres so much ethno religiuos rivalry amongst us that leaves me to wonder whether we should remain under one Nigeria or split???.
Thanks for your perspective. I pray we get to that point where we'll truely choose to live together as one people. Have a nice day sir.

It was definitely a WELDING that was not allowed to COOL naturaly and one thing about a WELDED JOINT that is FORCED TO COOL is that it has ''AIR BAGS'' and with time it breaks down. And most unfortunately there seem to be CONFUSION of REASONS on WHY and not the HOW the UNION was made and more CONFUSION of IDEAS on how to solve it but SADLY its hard to FIX a MOVING TRAIN......like the sign on the road: STOP! POLICE CHECK POINT.......We (the OLD and NEW GENERATION of Nigerians) need to ASK and ANSWER QUESTIONS of the PAST and CHART the COURSE for TOMORROW for there to be a NIGERIA of TOMORROW. 

 

Few egg heads feel they own nigeria and as such, they can do anythng with impunity. By the look of things, they are right. Otherwise, why wil they hold the country hostage and the govt seems 2 be looking d other way? If a marriage is nt working, wont separation be d next step? Why is d situation different in d case of nigeria?

Unfortunately those who are better placed to ask such questions are all self seekers.

edward agbomi said:

It was definitely a WELDING that was not allowed to COOL naturaly and one thing about a WELDED JOINT that is FORCED TO COOL is that it has ''AIR BAGS'' and with time it breaks down. And most unfortunately there seem to be CONFUSION of REASONS on WHY and not the HOW the UNION was made and more CONFUSION of IDEAS on how to solve it but SADLY its hard to FIX a MOVING TRAIN......like the sign on the road: STOP! POLICE CHECK POINT.......We (the OLD and NEW GENERATION of Nigerians) need to ASK and ANSWER QUESTIONS of the PAST and CHART the COURSE for TOMORROW for there to be a NIGERIA of TOMORROW. 

 


Uche, Sudan separated because those who spoke for the people of what is now South Sudan were selfless, committed and ready to sacrifice their lives for their people.  Unfortunately our so called leaders are all benefitting from this welding arrangement and so can go to any lenght to ensure it does not disintegrate even at the expense of the people they claim to represent.
Eze, Uche Eze said:

Few egg heads feel they own nigeria and as such, they can do anythng with impunity. By the look of things, they are right. Otherwise, why wil they hold the country hostage and the govt seems 2 be looking d other way? If a marriage is nt working, wont separation be d next step? Why is d situation different in d case of nigeria?

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