BEWARE OF THESE NEO-COLONIAL TRICK AND CORRUPT STRATEGY OF POLITICAL ELITES.
If you are a student of history or political science, you will know that divide and rule is an age long strategy of oppressive rulers to maintain the status quo. It is used to pitch the oppressed against themselves while the oppressor continues to enjoy his loot and maintain the position of power. In the colonial era, one of the major tool used to maintain and sustain power is to pitch the nations against themselves along ethnic line and when they left after independence they structured our nations with an implanted time bomb of discord which has exploded with devastating effect in some part of Africa.
Take for example the Tutsi and Hutu in Rwanda, a people with same ethnic group that were divided along heights and ownership of cattle. In post colonial era, Africa have been further divided along religious group where ethnicity have failed to cause conflicts. The most painful thing about this dangerous threat is the fact that division is being exaggerated even where it does not count in reality. Take Nigeria for example, the international community including the media commonly use the phrase Muslim North and Christian south to polarize whenever there is any political discuss about Nigeria. The Nigerian political class wants us to believe same even though they know it is far from the truth.
Let us take the case of those who have ruled Nigeria, for example Gowon ruled Nigeria for Nine years and he is from the CHRISTIAN-NORTH.Obasanjo ruled for a total of ten years and he is from the CHRISTIAN-SOUTH.Shagari, Buhari, Babangida, Abacha, Abdulsalam and Yar’Adua ruled Nigeria for about twenty one years all together and they are all from the MUSLIM-NORTH. MKO Abiola from the MUSLIM-SOUTH was never allowed to rule despite the credibility of the election and Ernest Shonekan CHRISTIAN-SOUTH stepped In for a couple of months. During the reign of power from Balewa, Ironsi to the present Goodluck Jonathan; all ministers and political appointees were made up of Nigerians from all ethnic groups, both Muslims and Christians who have collectively looted our economy and impoverish the populace.
In this same vain during the military regimes, we had governors and service chiefs who were comprised of Muslims and Christians alike and they all looted the economy of the states they governed. In the present day civilian dispensation, all governors as indigenes of their various states are all looting their states and local governments. They have enough autonomy to rule their people fairly but choose otherwise. Most Nigerians are ignorantly taking sides with these common enemies of the poor and down trodden along religious lines while they continue to enjoy their loot without anybody holding them responsible for the oath of office they sworn.
Nigeria’s population in the north has a mixture of both Muslims and Christians also in the south particularly in the south west which has an evenly distributed population of Muslims and Christians.All our political elites are mixtures of Muslims and Christians and they don’t disagree when they share the loot, they only use religion to negotiate power balance by using your support amongst themselves. Open your eyes fellow Nigerians and ask your politicians to account to you how a nation so richly blessed in human and natural resources all over its length and breadth finds itself in this shameful level of poverty and infrastructural degradation.
Also beware of foreign powers who are interested in re-colonizing you soon after you are plunged into ethnic and religious wars in order to loot your resources for their personal gains. Take note, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola and Central African Republic can never recover from the wars funded by this foreign powers. So when you swallow the idea of MUSLIM NORTH and CHRISTIAN SOUTH from either the foreign powers or corrupt local politicians, BEWARE.
Source: Abiodun Abidoye, 15th October 2010. Retrieved 15th June 2014 from https://www.facebook.com/notes/abiodun-abidoye/polarisation-of-the-nigerian-state-along-religious-line/154761591226191