Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Nigeria Has Never Had Ten Years of Peace Since 1960 To Date

Do you know that Nigeria has never had ten years of peace since 1960 to date?

Nigeria, is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populated country in the world and among The Next Eleven (or N-11) including Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Turkey, South Korea, and Vietnam rated by Goldman Sachs investment bank and Jim O'Neill to join the BRICS, with all the resources of becoming the world's largest economies in the 21st century. But rampant ethnic/religious and political crises and wanton corruption have been plaguing Nigeria even before she gained political independence from the colonial British Empire on October 1, 1960. And since then Nigeria has never experienced ten years of peace and political stability, because of the spate of coups and ethnic and religious upheavals of which the most catastrophic has been the uncivil war of 1967 to 1970.

Between 1960 and 1970, there were two military coups, and between 1970 and 1980, there were two military coups and between 1980 and 1990, there were four coups and between 1990 and 2000, there was a military coup and the June 12 crisis. Then from 2000 to 2010, there have been several ethnic, religious and political crises. And the same crises have not abated since 2010 to date.

Why is Nigeria so blessed and yet cursed by these horrifying and terrifying human conflicts with innocent children and women among the worst casualties of the recurrent calamities?

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, author of Children of Heaven
, Scarlet Tears of London, Bye, Bye Mugabe, In the House of Dogs and the two new books to be released before the end of 2012.

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