Is it a country?
Or a geographic expression?
Or a political gossamer?
Or a word?
All are correct.
Take your pick.
Spun by the British,
Out of 371 tribes, and 371 religions.
Handed to the Hausa-Fulani alliance,
Reward for helping pacify,
Stubborn tribes such as the Igbos.
And to ensure their continued hegemony.
Unity still eludes Nigeria, 57 years after independence,
Despite efforts to emblazon unity,
On every symbol of statehood,
Despite efforts to sing unity at every opportunity.
Nigeria remains fragmented by religion and tribe,
But united by corrupt leadership.
Corruption unites and absolute corruption unites absolutely,
Form an alphabet soup, UAC, PWD, OYU.
Allege corruption and marginalization by current leaders,
Replace them with even more corrupt leadership.
Displaced politicians decamp en masse with millions of followers,
To new ruling alphabet soup and the corruption party continues.
Trailing similarly endowed nations,
In all developmental and economic indexes,
It tops all known corruption indexes,
Published by Transparency International (TI).
First in the hypocrisy index,
Published by Hypocrisy International (HI).
Nigerian corrupt leaders championed TI,
Corruption championing anti-corruption, hypocrisy defined.
Nigerian leaders preach unity and foster disunity,
Through nepotism, tribalism, and religious politics,
Whist building their sinecures,
For themselves, relatives, and sycophants.
Gossamers always unravel,
Peacefully or through conflict.
Nigeria is at a crossroad,
Restructure peacefully or by armed conflict.
Apparently the Fulani masters of the alliance,
Will not give up their misrule without a fight.
Hopefully their White Hall advisers,
Will provide wise counsel and guidance,
Or brace for a flood of refugees.
Making Syria and Afghanistan child’s play.
There will be no Nigerexit.
You created the problem, you solve it.