Editorial: Nigeria – Lessons to Learn From Brexit

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Editorial: Nigeria - Lessons to Learn From Brexit
What the Buhari led government should do now is begin the process that will lead up to a referendum. This move alone will squelch most of the tension in these areas including the bombings in the Niger Delta. of course those detained illegally like Nnamdi Kanu will have to be released.

Some hours ago, Britain in a very close poll, voted to leave the EU. Interestingly, the sitting prime Minister David Cameron was of the view that Britain should stay in the EU and severally gave his reasons. However, the people were given an opportunity for their voice to be heard and they voted against the wishes of the prime minister.

Here’s what David Cameron had to say about this. He said the people had made a decision “that needs to be respected.” Following this, he said “I do not think it would be right for me to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination.”

In an ideal democracy, the people’s voice must be heard and allowed to decide. That is the crux of the government of the people, for the people and by the people. Is this the case in Nigeria? Certainly not! Are there lessons our Nigerian leaders can learn from this? Certainly!

There have been agitations in Nigeria from different sections of the country and with good reasons too. Give for example the appointments of President Buhari. Like someone pointed out, the rest of the EU did not go up in arms against Britain for asking the question whether they should stay or leave. All the rest of EU and proponents in the UK who belonged to the “stay” camp did was proffer reasons why “stay” was the right positions.

After all the back and forth, the people voted democratically in a referendum and their voice was heard. Nigeria needs to borrow a leaf from this. This government is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people whose only crime was asking to leave the Nigerian union.

What the Buhari led government should do now is begin the process that will lead up to a referendum. This move alone will squelch most of the tension in these areas including the bombings in the Niger Delta. of course those detained illegally like Nnamdi Kanu will have to be released.

Upon doing this, the federal government can then begin to engage in discussions and campaigns aimed at showing people these regions why staying with Nigeria will be in their best interest. It is political foolishness for President Buhari to keep referring to the about two million lives that were lost during the civil war.

The lives that were lost were not lost because some people wanted Biafra. These lives were lost because the rest of Nigeria did not want Biafra to go. Therefore the loss of lives was caused by the Nigerian government and not those asking for Biafra.

In the same vein, alluding to the possibility of this happening again simply shows a lack of understanding of the principles of democracy. Listen to the people in a referendum and do the wishes of the people.

Really and truly, should the government every get to the point where they accept and begin to listen to the people, they may discover that a simple restructuring of the country will quell the agitation for Biafra.

Like the bible says, “wisdom is profitable to direct” Ecclesiastes 10:10

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