Merger: Peter Obi and Kwankwaso squandered an opportunity to change Nigeria’s political experience.
Despite the popular vote, their inability to reach an agreement demonstrates how difficult it is for Nigeria’s political leaders in the North and South to meaningfully collaborate in order to position Nigeria globally as a truly great nation.
Our leaders have failed to recognise the importance of fortifying ties and strengthening relationships between the northern and southern political zones. No matter how disputed, Kwankwaso’s statement that the north will not vote for Igbo as president in 2023 demonstrates how Nigeria has been shifting sideways in our political experiment without a meaningful thrust that will help Nigeria overcome the political class’s lack of faith, loyalty, and belief in one, indivisible Nigeria.
Our political leaders seem not to understand the language of our national anthem, pledge or the tenets of the constitution that binds us together. These groups of leaders, as disoriented sailors, remain out in the salty seas, paddling sectional mantras that have helped fuel violence and hate since Nigeria’s independence.
We are, after all, Nigerians. We don’t belong to either the north or the south. Each citizen should be allowed to strive for greatness within the framework of our nation’s constitution. Minorities and the disenfranchised must be included.
The merger of the two with an Igbo president would have given birth to a truly unified Nigeria, the birth of a behemoth whose cry would have shaken the world.
The behemoth, however, died before it was born. A miscarriage that was never supposed to happen.