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Troubled people, troubling future

WE are a troubled people. Except for Boko Haram, Nigeria is not at war. But in another sense, we are; we are like a man fighting himself and wondering why peace continues to prevail. From various parts of the country, different groups are making calls and declaring their intention to create their own ‘republic’. In the last few months, I have been decreed, without consultation or my consent, into at least four of these imaginary countries. One group tells me I will be a citizen of a futuristic “Biafra Republic”; another says I am zoned into the “Ijaw Republic”; yet another has me in the “Republic of Niger Delta”; while a fourth says I will belong to “Bendel Republic”.

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