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Why the northern angst?

With Florence Amagiya

Following the unprecedented victory of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in last weekend’s presidential election, a religious/political crisis is going on, in several states in the northern parts of the country. The substance of violence sweeping through these states contradicts sharply with the celebrations in the southern part of the country. Situations like these where innocent corps members become the first victims and casualties of its riots and wars as witnessed in Jos, Abuja and Suleja bomb blasts.

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It was reported that 45 corps members mostly from the South were locked inside a house and the building set ablaze, only a few of them were rescued. Why would anybody with blood flowing in his veins do such a thing? What is feeding this angst? What does anyone stand to gain by all these?

Nigeria is a multi-tribal and multi-ethnic nation with over a hundred and fifty etnic groups to its credit and a hundred and fifty million people according to the 2006 census. This means that there are so many ethnic groups and many people who would want to be given opportunities to vote and be voted for. Why then should a section or religion decide that the seat of power belongs to it.

The election was not between two parties alone, it was between different parties and the best man won. If you think there were anomalies, then go to court. Killing of innocent souls will not help in anyway. The youths you are killing are not related to the party that won the election or related to the President himself. They are you, your brother and the man next door. It is a known fact that violence cannot solve a problem, it only multiplies it. A word they say is enough for the wise.

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