October 1st, 2020 marks the 60th anniversary of Nigeria’s independence from colonial Britain but Nigerians have little to celebrate.
The forced union of peoples of different nationalities and the British hand over of power to the Islamic north has plagued the country with mismanagement, underdevelopment and low life expectancy.
Terrorism and breakdown of rule of law
Southern Nigeria is under siege of uncontrolled Fulani invasion from West Africa. Nigeria ranks high in all the indices on terrorism published in the Global Terrorism Index, 2019. The Nigerian government protects Fulani terrorists, who openly carry weapons and routinely kidnap, rape, maim, kill Nigerians and take over their land. According to Nigeria Security Tracker, an estimated 30000 people have been killed since President Buhari came to power in 2015. The UK All-Party Parliament Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief, confirmed government backed violence against civilians in its report. If the situation continues, the prospects of a break up are real and the effects would be world-wide. The website www.yfh.one shows a selection of Fulani atrocities in Nigeria.
A military coup in 1966 ended the fair regional system agreed at independence. The country is now governed with a highly centralised, undemocratic constitution, imposed on Nigerians by the military in 1999 to retain power in the hands of the minority Fulanis.
The Yorubas demand self-determination and the control of their resources on this anniversary day as they protest outside parliament in London. Professor Banji Akintoye, leader of the Yoruba World Congress in a recent interview said, “The Yoruba nation is living like a slave in Nigeria”. Nigeria is a ticking time bomb that would unleash an exodus of UKbound refugees if it disintegrates. The British government must help prevent this by using its influence to annul the 1914 amalgamation of the northern and southern protectorates, which Lord Lugard called ‘a forced union of marriage’. This unworkable union gave birth to a diametrically opposed country, perpetually ravaged by conflict till this day…
OODUA ACTION MOVEMENT
Oodua Action Movement is an international group, using a peaceful and legal process to rescue sixty million Yorubas from Nigerian enslavement and encouraging those in the diaspora to return home and help build their nation.