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Marilyn Oma Anona writes: The Unity and Restructuring of Nigeria.

I am for the unity and restructuring of our nation Nigeria.

Marilyn Oma Anona

But I want IGBOS to understand one thing…
The Hausa man doesn’t hate you and the south south man that you cling to and call your brother, famzing them in the most embarrassing manner even when they clearly say they are not part of you don’t love you.

I have spent time in Calabar…
I lived in Calabar and I saw the hatred of the calabar man for the Igbo man first hand.

I lived in a place called Spring road by Ekorinim…
They are very antagonistic and very vocal about their hatred!

One day I asked one of them the reason for this hatred…
He said; ” you Igbo people are very domineering… You want to come and take our land and we will not allow that!”
He went on; “very soon, we will chase you all and all these your so called properties will belong to us.

I don’t want to go deeper into some of the things I saw and experienced there. But when I hear; “Hausa people hate us and see the desperate attempt of some IGBOS to make the SS people appear as though SE and SS are inseparable twins, I just shake my head.

What am I saying?
If you really want to analyse hatred and disdain…
You will find out that even in your immediate family to your shock, you have siblings from the same parents as you who hate you for no reason sometimes.

Should we therefore keep demarcating and dividing just because you assume, sense or fear that some people or a certain group don’t like you.

For one person who hates you… There are thousands that love you!

Anybody can decide to hate because it is easier to hate than to love.

And one thing that brings about hatred or resentment is reminding people consciously or unconsciously about their weaknesses which may be through your achievement.

Once you stand out from the crowd… You attract all sorts including hate!

Should we therefore choose failure, mediocrity and smallness because we are afraid of being hated?

Nigeria is great!
As a kid I went to schools that had people from all nations as my classmates.
I had Muslims and Christians as classmates in primary school.
I had Lebanese, Ghanaians, Indians, mullatos, Hausas and Yorubas as classmates.
My headmistress was a Ghanaian.

I didn’t see anything bad about that.
It was beautiful to have such people all around me.

In fact, as a kid I wanted to marry a Yoruba man when I grow up because I saw them as very enlightened people.
You see, love is such a natural thing!
We learned to hate.

My secondary school was a multi ethnic one. Different tribes were in my school and it was so fascinating. I loved them all and never for a second thought there was a difference between us.
We had Christians and Muslims and I remember that during their fasting period, they observed it even while in school.

But the minute I became grown and a young adult, I started hearing about hate and all!

We spoil humanity and everyone of us need to purge our heart of evil.

Hate is evil and most of us are guilty of it.

The IGBO man, the HAUSA man, the YORUBA man and all the minor ethnic groups in Nigeria are guilty of hate and we all need to PURGE our hearts, minds and souls of this evil called HATE for us to succeed as individuals and as a nation.

Narrowing it down!!!

On HATE.

The IMO man hates the ANAMBRA man and I keep wondering what they are struggling for.
So if we are dividing on the basis of hate, it means soon, Anambra will start asking for a republic of their own.

On MARGINALISATION.

I don’t want you to deceive yourself but we all know that even as IGBOS some of us see certain part of Igboland as less.
The Ebonyi people are seen as less Igbo and despised by a lot of IGBOS.
The Nsukka peopl are scorned and laughed at. It’s almost as though being an indigene of Nsukka makes you a less privileged person.
So in the Biafra, it’s obvious that there will still be marginalisation.

Isn’t it clear that what we need is thorough orientation and reorientation?
Education and sensitisation?
Restructuring of the existing system?

We want a recreation and it starts by individually purging our hearts of hate and all forms of superiority and inferiority complex.
We are one and we must see ourselves as one.

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Marilyn Oma Anona writes: Our multi ethnicity is one of the best things about Nigeria.

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One of the many causes of our numerous problems as a nation is the belief that some parts of the country is more blessed than the other.

I want every right thinking person to erase that thought from his or her mind.

Every part of this beautiful country is blessed.
We all have our endowment.
We all have our gifts.

No gift is superior!
None is inferior!

All that is needed to make us thrive and succeed is every part producing the best of what they are endowed with.

Again…
There are good people in all parts!

Just like we have the bad and the ugly in all parts.
No part is made up entirely of good people.
That should get into our heads.

One of our biggest strengths as a nation is our “Multi Ethnicity!”
It’s so beautiful to have people with different languages, culture and religion in a country.

Yesterday, I had an outing for my charity/empowerment foundation and I observed a lot of things from these young people.

I took time to make them introduce themselves, their state of origin and lots more.

Afterwards, I asked them all to point out who their best friend is.

An Igbo girl has an Hausa or Fulani girl as a best friend and they love each other.
A Yoruba boy has an Igbo boy as best friend and they love each other.

At that level, they see no difference or demarcation.
Love and innocence in their purest forms.

What does this tell you?
We were not born with hatred for each or one another…
It was learnt …
It was brought about by a lot of man made factors…
And I want every right thinking person to stand up and say “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!”

Growing up…
I used to hear a lot of things from IGBOS who are old people now and who even experienced the much talked about Biafran war.

I used to hear things that connote in many ways that the man from the “NORTH” is peaceful, free spirited and without problems!

When you are perceived as peaceful…
They say things like;

“Ina eme Ka Hausa” meaning ( you act like the Hausa people)!

I used to also hear; “Imana o bu Hausa… Onwero nsogbu!” Meaning “she is just like the Hausa person without problems!”

So I am asking now…
What changed?

I have heard many IGBOS say openly that the Hausa man is very honest and content and not greedy.
I know people (IGBO people) who tell me confidently that once they do business with an Hausa person, they are sure of not being cheated!

So what changed?

If the Hausa man is so terrible and hates the IGBO man so much…
Why did many IGBOS settle down comfortably in the north?
Why was land sold to them?

(Don’t tell me it’s because IGBOS bring progress o because apart from Anambra state and maybe some parts of Abia, many parts of Igbo land lack progress and are grossly under developed)

What ever hatred or rift etc that exists between us in Nigeria is man made.
Brought about by greed and corruption of the highest order.

Now the hallelujah challenge is on going and we are a religious set of people so the challenge has a lot of followers.
But the state of the country goes beyond singing hallelujah for one hour in the midnight.

There is work to be done and it starts by everyone of us purging our individual hearts of hate and all manners of negativity that stand in the way of the advancement and progress of humanity and our nation NIGERIA.

Beyond chanting hallelujah, our attitude and life must change for the better.
We must love our neighbours as ourself.

We must play our part to make Nigeria and humanity better.

We have work to do.
Our collective effort is the only thing that can change Nigeria for the better.

Get involved.
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