Nigeria’s 2020 Independence Day: Will our “unity” be maintained?

Femi Fani-Kayode challenges the stability of peace in Nigeria in the midst of the current chaos, in celebration of  Nigeria’s Independence Day 2020.

reports that Femi Fani-Kayode, the former Minister of Aviation, asked via his official Twitter handle if the “unity” of Nigeria could be retained in the midst of increasing dents and growing frustration.

Tweets by Fani-Kayode states; “Today we celebrate 60 years of independence from our former colonial masters. I wish my compatriots happy independence day but I am constrained to ask the following: can our “unity” be sustained? The cracks are widening& anger is rising. Nigeria may not be one for much longer.”

Below is Fani-Kayode’s tweet about Independence Day reported by Flashywap which sparked responses from followers:

It is maintained by Flashywap that the same concern is held by the Indigenous People of Biafra and the Yoruba World Congress.

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Both of seek control over their space and wealth and a willingness to be supreme leaders of their own political future.

The two communities wish to live on their own terms, not for regions beyond their boundaries or nurse expansionist aspirations.

Question arose on why they do not practically accept on the same issues that are at the heart of their objectives?

This strange similarity is highlighted by the long history of suspicion between the two parties, according to Fredrick Nwabufo.

More than identical imaginary origins, the Yoruba and the Igbo share even more. In the areas in which they live, they are the oldest people. The Yoruba and the Igbo, in other words, are indigenous to the territorial region called ‘Nigeria.’ And both groups are of singular heritage, it has also been stated.

Trade relations spanning from the time prior to contact with the first Europeans were formed by both groups.

And they are recognized to express an enthusiasm for the industry; they are polite, hospitable, and peace-loving.

Again, though sharing the same “Southern hemisphere”, there is no known history of the war between the Igbo and the Yoruba.

Battles between kingdoms and indigenous people were prevalent in pre-colonial times, but there seems to be no documented incident of a war between the tribes and kingdoms of the two groups.

In mother tongue, both originate from the Niger-Congo Kwa-group. There are interesting, if not unbelievable, similarities between the Yoruba language and the Igbo language, pointing to an identical fountain.

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