Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Pieces of Fragile Peace

There are questions that continue to prick at my mind. If it is indeed true that the fight against the removal of fuel subsidy has provided a platform for unity for the majority of Nigerians because the effects of the action would be felt by all; Muslim, Christian, Atheist, Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba, Itshekiri, Efik etc. what happens then when and if the fuel issues are resolved?

Shall we all go back to sleeping with enemies? The Hausa Muslim marching in the streets of Maiduguri today against fuel subsidy removal, will he turn around one fine Friday and slaughter the Igbo Christian he has marched with?

It is touching to see Muslims & Christians guarding one another at mosques and churches. I must apologise for my pessimistic thoughts, but Muslims guarding Christians is not new, but I have lived in the north and many Christians who believed in humanity and employed Muslim guards at their homes paid with their lives when the uprisings began. We know what happens to the yams guarded by a goat.

I still think that it is possible to achieve peace in Nigeria, but the current climate only encourages a ceramic one. My whole being says that the Igbo people especially in the North must make haste to relocate elsewhere.

I have received several letters of disapproval from many people calling me all sorts of names that describe me as an Igbo tribalist. I have never pretended not to be Igbocentric. I am open-minded enough to embrace people from every part of the world, but right now, my thoughts are with my Igbo brothers and sisters in the North, and I want them to be safe. I don't want them to harm anyone and I don't want anyone to harm them. If we cannot live together in peace, let us go our separate ways.

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