WHAT OF GADDAFI’S THEORY OF A NIGERIA PARTITIONED ALONG RELIGIOUS LINES?

Gaddafi, the Libyan leader and current head of African Union (AU) recently called on Nigeria to split on religious lines, Christians and Muslims, in order to address the endemic clashes that have claimed many lives. This call has engendered mixed reactions from many Africans, Nigerians in particular. While many think it is a welcoming panacea to the Nigerian crisis, others, including myself, think otherwise.

A religion-inspired division of Nigeria (a federal government) would never resolve the cause of the recurring clashes; neither would it miraculously heal the symptoms. It looks appealing and easy to suggest division and to presume that it holds the prospect for peace. Divide Nigerian on no grounds other than Islamic and Christian ones and you invite xenophobic attacks, deepen blatant hatred and intolerance and set a bad precedent for Nigeria in particular and Africa as a whole. If Islam and Christianity, which are imported religious belief systems, are formidable forces, potent enough to split Nigeria, anything else, be it political dissent, ethnic differences can equally split any African state or justify further balkanization of Africa.

It is important to note that, Nigeria’s oil, which contributes about 90% of its GDP, is mined in the South, where Christians predominate. Enugu, Lagos, Onitsa and other prominent cities in Nigeria with huge public infrastructure, all built from Federal coffers, from both the North and the South, are all located in the South.

Gaddafi, The most outspoken proponent of Pan-Africanism has recently called for religious partitioning of Nigeria

Gaddafi, the Libyan leader and current head of African Union (AU) recently called on Nigeria to split on religious lines, Christians and Muslims, in order to address the endemic clashes that have claimed many lives. This call has engendered mixed reactions from many Africans, Nigerians in particular. While many think it is a welcoming panacea to the Nigerian crisis, others, including myself, think otherwise.

A religion-inspired division of Nigeria (a federal government) would never resolve the cause of the recurring clashes; neither would it miraculously heal the symptoms. It looks appealing and easy to suggest division and to presume that it holds the prospect for peace. Divide Nigerian on no grounds other than Islamic and Christian ones and you invite xenophobic attacks, deepen blatant hatred and intolerance and set a bad precedent for Nigeria in particular and Africa as a whole. If Islam and Christianity, which are imported religious belief systems, are formidable forces, potent enough to split Nigeria, anything else, be it political dissent, ethnic differences can equally split any African state or justify further balkanization of Africa.

It is important to note that, Nigeria’s oil, which contributes about 90% of its GDP, is mined in the South, where Christians predominate. Enugu, Lagos, Onitsa and other prominent cities in Nigeria with huge public infrastructure, all built from Federal coffers, from both the North and the South, are all located in the South.

At infrastructural level alone, one can only imagine how challenging and unrealistic Gaddafi’s solution would prove to be. If you tell a Northern Nigerian man who has established his life and career in the South, along with his family, to leave all of a sudden to a new destination, you are not only unjustifiably robbing him of his rights, but also depriving him of the means to his existence. If that man decides to stay and not leave, it is likely the flame of ethnic and religious hatred would consume him long before he exercised the luxury of thinking twice about his decision.

The infamous, bitter and inhumane Korean example of 1948, where mother and child, husband and wife were torn apart from each other, should guide our decisions as Africans in this contemporary era.

Gaddafi’s solution to the Nigerian crisis is rooted more in his Islamic ties with the North, and his fundamentalist religious convictions that have little or no space for religious freedom, than a genuine zeal for a lasting solution. If Nigeria splits, no one would be surprised to see him supply money and ammunition to the North against the South in the event of the slightest conflict. These and many other possible outcomes would permanently rob the area of peace and tranquility.

5 thoughts on “WHAT OF GADDAFI’S THEORY OF A NIGERIA PARTITIONED ALONG RELIGIOUS LINES?

  1. Even the strongest amongst us will sometimes go astray.Ours is to pull the by the ear & bring them back inline.

  2. I agree,a religious separated Nigeria or any other country in the continent will put Africa on a vulnerable position of explotation by non-Africans ie.mineral exploiters,foreign security egencies under the guise of aid workers and all those who don’t have Africas interest at heart.This is the time we have to do it on our own and we are well capable without any foreign aid.Africans must realise that they do not need any aid from overseas we have it all.Izwe lethu!

  3. gaddafi wants to take us back a thousand years. he is defeating his own purpose of a pan africanism which is to unite the african continent. african unity is an absolute necessity for our collective survival. when the late egyptian leader gamal abdul nasser’s project of an arab nation from the nile to the euphrates failed, gaddafi was aggitated along those lines but also failed. he recently wanted to be the leader of a c continental african state and clashed with former president thabo mbeki. now hhe wants to balkanise nnigeria alalong religious lines. tthat is the silliest statement i ii have ever heard in the year 2010. i don’t want to waste time on gobbledygook.

  4. gaddafi blundered like that political nincompoop who leads the congress youth league who insulted Sobukwe. i think payco should not led up and attack him in the media for the whole year. look at his blunders. take him on until he forswears the blasphemous utterances he spewed.

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