Nigeria Is More Divided Now Than It Has Ever Been Since It's Amalgamation - Former Chief Justice Of Nigeria, Justice Dahiru Mustapher!

Former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Dahiru Mustapher, believes Nigeria has never been as divided as it is at the moment, since its amalgamation over 100 years ago, reports.

According to him, the activities of major political players in the 2015 general elections, which saw the country divided along ethnic, religious, and partisan lines, have continued to threaten the peace and existence of a united Nigeria.

He made this known Saturday, September 17, during a special public lecture to mark the 75th birthday of Chief Suarau Bankole, father of Dimeji Bankole, ex-Speaker, House of Representatives. 

In his words; “Hard work, brilliance, honesty, and integrity in our dealings, are no longer rewarded. Rather, we celebrate mediocrity soaked in the corruption we claim is our common enemy. I am scared and deeply worried. The situation is grave, and the media, the fourth estate of the realm, has a big role to play in this crusade.

“I am also aware today, that most media houses have an editorial policy, and clear leaning towards sectional and myopic perspectives.

“Tribal and nepotistic leanings are present in most issues debated or reported in our media. The government-owned media showcase the activities of the government, with little or no critique in contrast to the harsh realities faced by millions of subscribers of these news media.

“The newspapers and media owned and operated by politicians, are mostly reflective of the interest of their principals, as opposed to the need to reflect the truth. It has become commonplace for one to read of an ‘Igbo’ Presidency or ‘Northern’ Presidency, in line with a tacit approval of outright nepotism by majority of Nigerians. “It is rather worrisome, that after over 100 years since the amalgamation of the Northern and the Southern protectorates in 1914, we seem as divided as ever,” he lamented.

You would recall former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, had not too long ago, also said that Nigeria has never been this divided in her history, except for the country’s civil war period, between 1967 and 1970