NIGERIA IS DEEPLY ROOTED IN TRIBALISM: MAJOR CAUSE OF OUR STAGNATION

 

I was at a Government organisation to register for an examination for my little cousin. I stood in a long queue with care givers waiting to take turns to successfully register their kids. From no where a woman who knew the ICT man came, she spoke in her dialect that the man should attend to her first, and anyone who cared to ask should be told that she was the first person to get there. Unknown to them, I understood their conversation. I angrily spoke in their dialect that I won't allow the woman to take anyone's space. We've been under the scorching sun since morning and now its past noon.


In our inactions as citizens of Nigeria, we express our own lot of seeking to help those we are familiar with. In our diversity as country people, we identify with only peculiar individuals. As I thought about this subject, I truly could not ascertain if it was wrong or right. Maybe you can help out.


A man gave his thoughts on this from his personal experience:

" I am from a very small and poorly developed village. THE indigenes of my village hardly get to top positions. Fortunately for me, I got rich enough to empower a large number of people. My townsmen are the minority, we never have a say, because the smell of elite members is very distant. Now that success runs in my vein, who do you think I would help first? My townsmen of course, so their voices can be heard and identified. But Someone (Jane) says its tribalism, to seek preference to people of my community, to give them jobs, make them stand on their feet without thinking of others."

The neutral person who sees this man will say, he is a tribalistic man, but he has his reasons to be. Is being tribalistic always bad?

For a country like Nigeria, we have not gotten to the level of unity in diversity. From small circles to larger circles of human relationshipS, the effect of tribalism grows. This is a country with over 250ethnic groups, and each of these groups have been/are being stereotyped by our parents or elders from childhood and personal experience.

Ben Enahoro in his book, How to Become A Nigerian says we see ourselves as Yorubas, Igbos and Hausas first before identifying as Nigerians.

This notion of tribalism will forever seem right until we forget that we have tribes and cling to the oneness of nationality. It is then peace will have a territory to reign.

We are first insecure, not insecurity of properties or life per say, but of a sense of belonging, ownership of heritage, being dominated. Every tribe of the country believes that if they do not fight to empower themselves they will become irrelevant, insignificant and this is not far from the truth. If a tribe has the power to enslave the other, they will be PLEASED to do it wholeheartedly.

The big problem of this country is the shallow mindset of majority of us. Our resistance to good things, stereotyped lifestyle, selfishness, all hiding under the umbrella of tribalism. If Nigeria is one big tribe, one great mother with children in the true sense of the word, do you think we will have religious wars, insecurity, poor development, apartheid attitudes, Self destruction, stupid lies to enrich one's self OR tribalism?

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