Chains by any other name would still hurt as much—anonymous

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A cursory look at the few headlines above from a cross section of Nigerian newspapers tells you that the story of Nigeria is one comical entertainment, when the subject matter is serious, and off course by persons that should know better.

So I dare ask Nigeria, a nation so blessed yet in too much peril, that one begins to wonder what really is the problem, what really did or have we done wrong…there are so many questions to little answers. As I reflect on the nation, I beg to take us back a bit in the next few lines.

Today more than ever despite all the sing song of unity, why is Nigeria so divided, there is hardly an online forum, group that has been able to discuss a matter for an hour without the ethnic and religious question propping up. What is the matter with us, why do we hate ourselves so much, are we really a nation?

Where is the Nigeria in which the patriots stood, the one with the beautiful green, white, green flags waved at the Tafawa Balewa Square during Independence Celebrations, or match past on May Day. There used to be these feeling of ‘this is my nation’s flag, this is my nation’, where went that feeling? We still had our identities as WAZOBIA with other relations but today in public buildings and institutions, the flags of the nation do not exists until our maligned soccer team, super eagles are on duty, in other cases they are flying at half mast not by purpose but because the other half is missing of either the white or green is missing.

Our kids can sing all sorts of nursery rhymes from ‘old roger is dead’ to ‘my mother’, and sadly they can hardly get the nation’s anthem. At their tender age they are taught that they are from Isialangwa in Angwa local government area of Angwa state, in Nigeria, they are Michika, Ibo, Fulani Yoruba and they must not forget that.

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