The attrition of professionals in southern Nigeria and the consequences
It is no longer news that there is an unprecedented upsurge in professional migration from southern Nigeria over the past 5 years. The best brains in southern Nigeria are leaving en masse. Many of those who have not left are making whatever arrangements are necessary to follow suit. Some people may claim that it is not just Nigerian, that people have always migrated across the world.
Some people claim that the Children of Israel migrated from Egypt to the Promised Land. They didn’t realize the difference; that the children of Israel migrated from a foreign land to the land God had promised them. In our case, southern Nigerians are migrating to foreign lands, on a scale that exceeds the “natural rate of migration”. We see situations where professionals in paid employment pack their bags, sell all their assets and leave with their families to “unknown” lands.
About two years ago, on October 13, 2019, to be precise, I wrote an article for Thisday Newspaper, titled “Overcoming the South to Uplift the North”. I never imagined that the destruction of the economy of the South and the lives of its people would come so quickly.
Even now, some people don’t realize that decimating their fortune was a well-orchestrated and executed project; concocted at the highest level of the oligarch of the North. The concept, taken from the Ottoman Turkish Caliphate’s playbook, was programmed to use monetary and fiscal constraints to impoverish the people of the South. The migration of professionals from the South is a direct consequence of the careful implementation of the “Turkish model”, with the objective of “Islamization by conquest”.
It is puzzling to see politicians in southern Nigeria feign ignorance and be concerned about the 2023 elections. Don’t they see the maneuver, the intention to seize ancestral lands and hand them over to the Fulani everywhere? Africa?
The trio of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Chief Sunday Igboho and Dr Obadiah Mailafia (of blessed memory) saw them coming. By calling him, Dr Mailafia, a gentleman, paid with his life. It is for the same reason that Igboho’s house was invaded and his associates murdered. Kanu screamed hoarse for years, warning of what is now upon us. He has been slandered, demonized and labeled a warmonger.
Some may have thought that retired Navy Commodore Kunle Olawunmi, who made this startling revelation, was flippant when he told us that they were planning to “Talibanize” Nigeria; he should know; he served in the military for 35 years in key strategic positions.
So, as professionals in southern Nigeria exercise “Plan B” activation (borrowing phraseology from Pastor Paul Adefarasin), it is wise to think about how long your odyssey will be. Do you hope to return to your ancestral lands one day? Do you still have your ancestral lands to return to?
I imagine the South Nigerians muttering: “God forbid, this is not our part”. They forget that it is the same God who allowed us to live under the regime of the president, the major general Muhammadu Buhari (retired); it is the same God who allowed the massacre of Christians in the south of Kaduna, Benue and the Plateau; that Christians and moderate Muslims in Afghanistan do not worship a different God.
Ironically, most of those now frolicking overseas were at the forefront of the campaign for a Buhari presidency in 2015 and 2019. Personally, I know a few who have told me that Buhari was the one. best thing that has happened in Nigeria. Some were sold on the pretext that a Buhari presidency was a plus for their religious affiliation. One of those people, with whom I had a heated debate against a Buhari presidency in 2019, is now at the forefront of the turmoil of the Oduduwa Nation.
Even now, some are still naive about what the self-determination movement represents. Ask an “un-Nigerian” supporter why he does not support the dissolution of the Nigerian Union; you are more likely to hear justifications such as, “We are better together as a large, populous country” or “Our unity is our diversity”. But ask them what is the population of Norway, Switzerland, UK and Canada? Ask them if they would rather live in these sparsely populated countries or live in a populated Nigeria? Ask them about the people of Dubai, which has become the vacation destination of choice for politicians and celebrities?
When the median belt of Plateau, Benue and southern Kaduna was slaughtered, southern Nigeria claimed that these events were happening in distant lands. The hen has come closer to the house and everyone activates Plan B. Perhaps if we took into account the Yoruba proverb: “iku to n’pa ojugba eni, oowe lo n’pa fun ni” (death a loved one is a proverb for all his friends that death is a debt we will all pay one day!); perhaps we could have avoided this calamity. We all pretended it was their thing, even after Dr Mailafia warned us.
It is disheartening to observe that while the diaspora population of southern Nigeria agitates for the emergence of more homogeneous nations from the ashes of dismembered Nigeria, those of the homeland are blinded to the essence. Some even scold their friends and families in the diaspora for “trying to incite violence in Nigeria”. The most ridiculous argument is that those overseas are frustrated and it is the frustration that causes them to get restless. How ridiculously absurd. The truth is that the “diasporas” of southern Nigeria, who, by the way, become weary and tired of what appears to be a brick wall for their commotion, may better appreciate the level of “shit” in the world. the “hole” of where they live. . Most can afford to never think of coming back.
No matter how this turmoil ends, it’s a watershed moment. It is a redefinition of the relationship between the Fulani and the rest of Nigeria.
I had this exchange with one of my high school friends very recently. She had posted a quote on our school discussion group, which read:
“In 1963, the Yoruba betrayed their own son, the leader of Pa Obafemi Awolowo, 30 years later also, in 1993, they betrayed the leader MKO Abiola, 2023 is still 30 years, would you betray Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for lead the Yoruba 2023 mandate ”(sic).
Here is my response to his post, with a slight modification:
“Far more important than the betrayal these figures may have suffered is the reality that the Peuls, backed by the British, would never allow a smart, independent-minded southerner to take over Nigeria.
Britain has a deal with the Peuls to help the Peuls retain control of Nigeria (just as they helped them win the Biafran War). In return, the Fulani will grant them unlimited access to Nigerian resources. They cringe to see that this has stopped.
Any president of the South who would break the yoke of British / Fulani suzerainty will see his aspiration truncated, because he risks not serving the interests of the British or the Fulani.
Former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan could not act against the interests of Britain or the Fulani. I am not saying this to diminish these exceptional people. They both have excellent credentials, some of the best academic qualifications of the people who have ruled Nigeria. Despite this, they couldn’t help but be the lackeys of the Fulani and their British facilitators.
Obasanjo’s first coming as military head of state was forced upon him, against his will (which may explain why he wrote the book: “Not My Will”). He accepted the post because TY Danjuma and Shehu Musa Yar’adua promised to protect him. He feared for his life. When he came the second time he was in jail and they made him an offer. He agreed to make their offer because he didn’t really have a choice. He was a candidate for reconciliation to appease the Yoruba for the murder of MKO Abiola, plus he was someone they knew they could use, based on his background.
- Peter Omonua, an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, lives in Ontario, Canada. He can be contacted at [email protected]
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