Posts Tagged ‘Colonialism’

As much as many may try, it is not possible to make sense of the current political realities of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by any conditions that preceded the Civil War (1967-70). This is not a case for perceived discontinuity but exceeding and sudden transformation. Nigeria only became a full state after the beginning of the Civil War, considering her acquisition and use of state power via centralisation. This is because during and after the war, Nigeria ceased to be an intended ‘uniform federation’ and opted since the administration of General Yakubu Gowon to be a two-tier state; the federation and its colonies. Nigeria is truly an “auto-colonial state” today, a fact obscured for 50 years. (more…)

NDI

It may thoroughly surprise most Nigerians that there are disturbing questions as to who has ever seen and read the contents of whatever document the “Nigerian Declaration of Independence” (NDI) is inserted. This would be the document that contains the actual terms and conditions of the independence of Nigeria from Britain, the handover conditions not some bill. If Nigeria does have a duly signed and legitimate NDI how comes no one seems to have ever seen it even 56 years after Independence. Or is it best kept as a secret? (more…)