Award winning scholar of international repute, Professor Chinweizu Ibekwe has attributed insurgent visited on Nigeria by the radical Islamic sect, Boko Haram, abject poverty in the land the quest by the North to dominate the South to Lord Lugard’s amalgamation of Nigeria in 1914, which he said is perpetually designed to plunder the south.
The professor spoke on Sunday night after picking a lifetime achievement award from the Silverbird Man of the Year award put together by the Silverbird Group in Lagos. Ibekwe, who is a professor of multiple discipline, described the incident of 1914 as the root of all evil in the country.
Lugard, he noted, foisted dominance of the north on Nigeria, through an apartheid policy which ceded 174 seats in the 312 National Assembly in 1959 to the North and 138 to the South to assuage the fears of Sultan Bello who said the north was not ready for independence unless it got 50 percent of the seat in the assembly further augmented by Bello’s interview in the Parrot of October 12, 1960:
“This New Nation called Nigeria should be an estate of our great grandfather, Uthman Dan Fodio. We must ruthlessly prevent a change of power. We use the minorities in the North as willing tools, and the South, as conquered territory and never allow them to rule over us, and never allow them to have control over their future,” he said.
The Professor who is the author of Anatomy of Female Power, noted that the 1999 constitution is flawed and devoid of a document that lead Nigeria to Eldorado except a new constitution.
Two African Presidents, President Paul Kagame of the Federal Republic of Rwanda and that of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma also got lifetime achievement awards for taking the nations from the brinks of war and ethnic intolerance to countries ranking among the safest in the African region.
Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State and his counterpart from Lagos, Governor Babatunde Fashola shared Man of the Year trophy for 2013. Other awardees are Coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi, Presidential candidate of the defunct Nigerian Advance Party (NAP) and Chairman Safari Books, Chief Joop Berkhout.
Speaking at the event, Berkhout, who has spent over 40 years in Nigeria, lamented what he described as collapse of the educational system in Nigeria, adding that the importance of history for schools in Nigeria cannot be overemphasized since it is impossible to project into the future without knowledge of the past.
He however insisted that to put education on the right track, Nigeria must revert to Higher School Certificate (HSC) and set up a ministry for higher education.
Earlier in his address, Chairman Silverbird Group, Ben Murray Bruce called on politicians to embark on self-appraisal and desist from using the perks of office to oppress those who put them in power.
He called for radical change in orientation for government at all level to be open minded and transparent in whatever they do by documenting events even in the executive council for posterity and ply means of transport used by the masses so as to feel their pulse for far-reaching policies.
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Thanked the publisher for calling on government to institute teaching of history in schools. The problem of Nigeria dates to Lord Lugard’s amalgamation of Nigeria in 1914. Amalgamation brought boko Haram, poverty in the nation. Lugard’s amalgamation is the root of all evil in Nigeria. things will get worse it we continue to operate the 1999 constitution. In 1913, Lord Alton. In 1960, the Sadauna of Sokoto
This development gave unburnished confidence to Sultan Bello who declared on October 12, 1960, in an interview with The Parrot, just days after independence the following words:
“This New Nation called Nigeria, should be an estate of our great grand father, Uthman Dan Fodio. We must ruthlessly prevent a change of power. We use the minorities in the North as willing tools, and the South, as conquered territory and never allow them to rule over us, and never allow them to have control over their future.”
This quest for domination by the north is the root of all evils in Nigeria, 1999 constitution is flawed, new constitntuion needed to chart a new course for Nigeria.