Only Solution For One Nigeria

*A Yoruba friend ask me:* _Under what conditions would you support One Nigeria and let go the Biafra agitation and let it die finally and be laid to rest for good?._

*Here was my response:*
1. Close down Lagos ports and Open up PH, Calabar, Onitsha and Warri ports.

2. Cancel all direct and major connecting flights to Lagos and Abuja airports and only local connecting flights should be allowed. While this is being done, open up Enugu, Owerri, Asaba, Uyo and PH to international flights direct and major connecting flights.

3. Ask all international and diplomatic missions to move their embassies and consulates from Lagos, Kano and Abuja to Enugu, PH and Calabar.

4. All federal governments’ agencies in Lagos and Abuja shall be relocated to Enugu, PH and Calabar. CBN, NNPC, e.t.c shall and must relocate to PH, Calabar and Enugu.

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5. All multinational companies in Lagos and Abuja, should and must relocate their offices to PH, Calabar and Enugu.
6.All oil companies must relocate their head offices to PH, as the oil capital of Nigeria .

7. Let the northern children gain admission into federal schools with 300 score points while the South Eastern Children should gain admission with only 20 score points .

8. Let all federal road projects in the North/SW be handled by local companies and the ones in the SE/SS be handled by Julius Berger and other foreign construction companies.

9.. *If these conditions are fulfilled and implemented for 50years , we can try one Nigeria and let us see if you in the North and SW will like it for a month.* _Meaning, Yorubas and Hausas trying to get visas shall travel to PH, Calabar or Enugu to do that. Same with flying or connecting flights, same with shipping and importing their goods, e.t.c._
*The Yoruba friend replied:* _you can’t be serious, this is wickedness._ I said really? Don’t you think South Eastern part of Nigeria has been suffering and enduring this very same wickedness for over 50 yrs?
He was quiet for a few seconds and said: _wow, you are right but it never occurred to me._
*I said, that’s the problem with One Nigeria, those who are benefiting from it, love it and would love to maintain the status quo.*
_Let each region develop at her own pace , with airport, sea ports , industries , major projects open to be developed in any part of Nigeria without government interference or strangulation due to tribalism and nepotism!._

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_Let Nigeria be fair to all irrespective of tribe, religion and place of birth._
_Let there be true federalism and resource control, with the elimination of quota system and federal character in Nigeria._

_Let us have equal respect for one another irrespective of where the person is coming from in Nigeria.That is what Independence is all about._

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  1. The author of this article has grossly misapplied the concept of one Nigeria. Yes, most of the development in Nigeria has mostly favored one part of the country to the detriment of other parts. But it is what we now have in modern Nigeria. Go back and revisit pre-military incursion into Nigerian politics. The scale was tilted more toward the East than other parts of Nigeria. Attempts by Awolowo to try and balance the equation pre- and posts independence was rebuffed by leaders from the East.
    Ethnocentrism was wide propagated in Nigeria by the ones who now cry marginalization. All that could have been averted had Awolowo's open hand and open mind been welcomed and reciprocated. To now claim marginalization is, to say the least, quite unfair.
    Right after independence most major positions were occupied by Easterners. Had they managed the opportunity well enough then, what you now fictionalize would have been the norm. So let's rethink, reassess and revise the terms of our oneness as Nigeria.

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