3 Powerful Quotes From 3 Founding Fathers of Nigeria That Proves That Nigeria is Not One

Tafawa Balewa
This quote will shock you. I came in contact with it and I could not help but look again. After reading this quote I began to ask myself "why do some people, especially our politicians deceive themselves that Nigeria is one when the people who were there shortly after amalgamation do not share the same opinion?"

Okay! May be some section of the country is using "one Nigeria" syndrome to rape another of their resources. There is something these politicians are not telling us. May be we need a re-orientation.

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“Nigeria is not a nation. It is a mere geographical expression. There are no ‘Nigerians’ in the same sense as there are ‘English,’ ‘Welsh,’ or ‘French,’ The word ‘Nigeria’ is a mere distinctive appellation to distinguish those who live within the boundaries of Nigeria and those who do not” - Chief Obafemi Awolowo, 1947.

“Since 1914 the British Government has been trying to make Nigeria into one country, but the Nigerian people themselves are historically different in their backgrounds, in their religious beliefs and customs and do not show themselves any signs of willingness to unite … Nigerian unity is only a British invention” – Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, 1948.

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“It is better for us and many admirers abroad that we should disintegrate in peace and not in pieces. Should the politicians fail to heed the warning, then I will venture the prediction that the experience of the Democratic Republic of Congo will be a child’s play if it ever comes to our turn to play such a tragic role” - Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, 1964.