Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Britain, Nigeria On Brink Of Divide

Britain, Nigeria On Brink Of Divide

There are warning signs regarding Britain's future following Brexit polls. Britain voted by a margin of 52% to 48% to leave the EU. The Brexit poll result reveals how deeply divided Britain is: with Scotland voting 62 per cent to Remain, Northern Ireland 56 per cent. England – which voted overwhelmingly for Brexit – itself is deeply torn, with the North, the countryside, older people, and those who did not attend university, determined to leave, with only the cities, parts of the South East, the young and graduates favouring remaining in the EU.

Nigeria like Britain is facing security threats on multiple fronts: Boko Haram Islamists in the northeast, Biafran separatists in the southeast, Niger Delta militants in the south and Fulani herdsmen in the central states. President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday pleaded with militants in a statement that "We are now concentrating on the militants to know how many of them (there are) in terms of groupings, leadership and plead with them to try to give Nigeria a chance. I assure them (the militants) that when we were very junior officers, we were told by our leaders, by the head of state which was General Gowon, that to keep Nigeria one is a task that must be done. We never thought of oil. What we were after is one Nigeria. Please, pass the message to the militants that one Nigeria is not negotiable. And I pray they better accept it."

Britain and Nigeria are on the brink of becoming a permanently divided nations. Brexit is irreversible but Biafraexit or Nigexit will be terrible for Nigeria.


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