Nwawube Ezeobi
Writes For The Biafra Post (TBP)
November 10, 2019 

The very purpose of this instructive piece is to remind the colonial invaders or better still to educate them on the stand of Nigeria earliest believers and the reason why they must let Nigerians decide their future.
This piece is also instructive to the blind minded proclaimers of one Nigeria, aiding them to view their woes in the Nigerian state rightly and make the right decision for or against continued slavery under British controlled one Nigeria.
There are few outstanding political and ethnic leaders of the 1st Nigerian republic who we wish to consider their ideas and beliefs about the Nigerian state, starting from Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, sir Ahmadu Bello to Chief Nnamdi Azikiwe.

_Abubakar Tafawa Balewa_
Balewa, the first prime minister of independent Nigeria in post colonial Nigeria, in a very firm term, he decried what he termed as the unwelcome influx of people of southern Nigeria to the northern territory. He said
*The southern people who are swamping in such large numbers*
*are really intruders; we dont want them and they are not welcomed here*
*here in the north. Since 1914, the British government has been trying to make Nigeria into*
*one, but the people are different in every way, including religion, custom, language and aspirations, we in the north take it that the unity of Nigeria is only a British intention for the country they created, it is not for us.*
_Obafemi Awolowo_
Chief Obafemi Awolowo, one of the most influential yoruba ethnic group leader, vehemently opposed the one Nigeria arrangement.in his words he said 
Nigeria is only a geographical expression to which life was given by the diabolical amalgamation of 1914, that amalgamation will ever remain the most painful injury a British government inflicted on southern Nigeria.(path to nigeria freedom, 1947 p47)

_Ahmadu Bello_ The premier of northern nigeria as well as the sultan of sokoto until 1966 when the military struck. To him, Nigeria unity is hinged on the acceptance of other groups on the domination of power by Muslim north.
*The new nation called Nigeria should be an estate from our great grandfather Uthman dan fodio. We must use the minorities in the north as willing tools and the south as conquered territories and never allow them to have control of their future.*
_Nnamdi Azikiwe_
Arguably the most brilliant political idealist who was at the front for Nigeria independence. He has this to say
*_I have an advice to give to our politicians, if they have decided to destroy our national unity, then they should summon a roundtable conference to decide how our national assets should be divided before they seal their doom by satisfying their lust for office. I make this suggestion because it is better for us and many admirers abroad that we should disintegrate in peace and not in pieces. Should the politicians fail to heed this warning, then I will venture the prediction that the experience of the democratic republic of Congo will be a childs play if ever it corms to our turn to play such a tragic role._*
Paying close attention to the reactions and ideas of the above Nigerian leaders and a constructive study into Nigerias present condition, it will be self-deceit and hypocritical if one say we do not know what the Nigeria problem is.
The British government touring Igboland should go back to his paymasters and inform them that the predictions and thoughts of Nigeria first republic leaders is no child play.
That Nigeria prior to their evil intrusion was not one and had no intention if being one and moreso cannot be one.

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