We are all marginalised! — Opinion — The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper – Nigeria and World News

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Let’s take a quick look at the recent history of Nigeria! Frankly, it is the south west, more than any other zone, which should complain of marginalization. You know the south west was home to the candidate who was denied the presidency after he neatly won it. / AFP PHOTO / STEFAN HEUNIS

I truly cannot get a handle to it but, it is heart-warming that you have started moderating your views on the agitation for Biafra. You no longer talk tough because it appears Ndigbo elders and leaders of thought have joined the clamour to force you to be more conciliatory. Hmmmm! I wish the elders acted much earlier! If they had, instead of waiting for you to do the dirty job for them, perhaps you would have realised that the road you chose to tread leads nowhere! But, nothing spoil!
 
It is heart-warming for you to concede that, as Nigerians, we all have complaints; that we are all marginalised! This is good and I admire your courage. It does not matter whether the complaint is the type that Boko Haram people have. And, I think it is better, even before I address the issues you raised, to remind you that every soul you find in this great Nigeria holds a grouse against the fatherland.
 
Let’s take a quick look at the recent history of Nigeria! Frankly, it is the south west, more than any other zone, which should complain of marginalization. You know the south west was home to the candidate who was denied the presidency after he neatly won it. You are right! I am talking about late Chief MKO Abiola and the June 12, 1993 election. What the south west did and why Nigerians and, indeed the civilized world respected and supported their stand was that there was never a time the south west threatened to pull out of Nigeria over June 12! Never! Of course, misguided street urchins and uninformed Area Boys made noises to that effect but no voice of substance in Yoruba land identified with the call.



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