Opinion: Contemporary Experience Does Not Support Prof. Osinbajo’s “One Nigeria” – Chimaobi Eluigwe

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Contemporary Experience Does Not Support Prof. Osinbajo's "One Nigeria" - Chimaobi Eluigwe

Only fools learn from experience, the wise learn from history – Professor Osinbajo, Acting President of Nigeria.
Vanguard Newspapers notes that he urged Nigerians to use the country’s diversity to make her great “instead of fleeing into the lazy comfort of homogeneity”.

IT wasn’t with much surprise that I read about these comments attributed to the erudite Acting President, Professor Osinbajo.

When opinions are expressed with poetic elegance and eloquence, they tend to assume an extra layer of credibility. This is no less so, when those opinions are false. In fact, beautifully packaged falsehood can become dangerous. Ask victims of religious violence around the world.

That the evidently brilliant Professor can make such evidently false statement is sad. It shows how deeply the current zeitgeist of multiculturalism and ‘oneness-at-all-cost’ has taken root. It has clearly sunk deeper than our abilities to think deeply and clearly about an issue like this.

Our experience of the Nigerian experience has been bloodshed, misery and underworldly mediocrity at all levels. – Chimaobi Eluigwe

The statement I refer to is the implied reference to cultural homogeneity as a ‘comfort zone for the lazy’. History does not support this claim.

Contemporary experience does not support the Prof either. So where did he get this idea from?

Countless research by reputable institutions have shown without any iota of doubt that cultural diversity dampens economic growth. All the Prof needed to have done was to research his hypothesis, rather than regurgitate the UN’s talking points.

Many documents host detailed research efforts in this direction. One of such is the Harvard Institute of Economic Research On Ethnic Diversity and Economic Performance by Alberto Alesina and Eliana La Ferrara.

This research showed conclusively that ethnic diversity or fragmentation or heterogeneity is negatively correlated with economic growth.

In other words, the more ethnically diverse a society is, the less its economic prospects!

This is why in ALL rankings that measure well-being, be it economic freedom, happiness, wealth, education etc, the Nordic countries dominate.

Right now, the Scandinavian region remains the best place to be born into on earth. This is primarily due to the homogeneity of those countries. Is it Japan, South Korea etc?

Let us stop deceiving ourselves – Nigeria is the poster child of the failures of ethnic diversity! Practically all other major countries that Britain colonized have split into more homogeneous entities, and are better off for it.

Is it India/Pakistan/Bangladesh; Malaysia/Singapore; Sudan/South Sudan etc. With the exception of South Sudan, all have better economic growth rates than when they were clustered forcefully together. So whether as fools or as wise, through experience or history, Nigeria is doomed for failure in its current state. – Chimaobi Eluigwe

Even though fools learn from experience and the wise from history, there is only one lesson to be learned – that ethnic heterogeneity does not work, and there is nothing lazy about homogeneity.

Our experience of the Nigerian experience has been bloodshed, misery and underworldly mediocrity at all levels.

Our experience of more homogeneous countries has been mostly prosperity and peace.

Also, the history of heterogeneity is littered with internecine feuds and a lack of progress. The history of homogeneous societies has been better governance and high social trust.

So whether as fools or as wise, through experience or history, Nigeria is doomed for failure in its current state.

The scientifically accurate best bet is to split into multiple countries or at worst restructure into a confederation.

Don’t take my word for it. Let me quote a part of the authors’ conclusion of the Harvard research – “To the extent that small countries can prosper in a world of free trade, then peaceful separatism of certain minorities should not be viewed as threatening, at least from an economic point of view.”

Coming from an institution generally averse to political disruption and secession, this is massive.

So, let us stop saying things just because some social progressive from the USA is saying it, or because it simply sounds nice.

If the British had left the societies within the Niger area geography as 3 – 6 countries (instead of the big-for-nothing behemoth they bequeathed), the nations would have fared better by themselves, being more homogeneous.

So we better conduct a referendum to kick start a peaceful transition into 6 or more different nations, or create a confederation out of the current unitarist constitution.

OR sit back into the LAZY COMFORT OF TODAY’S HETEROGENEITY as we bequeath a failed state to our children.

As published by Chimaobi Eluigwe on Facebook

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