Is Nigeria on an Extinct journey or just taking a leap of faith? 

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Is Nigeria on an Extinct journey or just taking a leap of faith?

Is Nigeria on an Extinct journey or just taking a leap of faith?

The journey of a thousand miles which they said begins with a step, began for Nigeria immediately after the country got its independence on 1 October 1960 and in October 1963 when it became a fully independent member of the British Commonwealth nation. After her independence was uproared and followed by an internal disorder that began in 1962 Which was mainly caused by the domination of the federal government positions by the northern parts.

This led to a territorial military coup which took place on 15 January 1966.

The coup which was said to have been staged and pioneered by some groups of eastern junior officers like Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu and Emmanuel Ifeajuna took the life of 22 people including the Federal prime minister of Nigeria, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Ahmedu Bello, Samuel Ladoke Akintola and finance minister, Festus Okotie-Eboh. This led to Major General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi being compelled to assume Supreme Power.

This brought Military Government into light thereby, putting democracy on Hold. His ascension to power was later deemed a conspiracy and this later led to a Countercoup called “July Rematch.” which began at roughly midnight on July 28, 1966, and escalated all around on 29 July 1966. The counter-coup was said to have been staged by Northern Army officers and masterminded by Lt. Colonel Murtala Muhammed. The countercoup which began as a mutiny at midnight of July 28, 1966, resulted in the murder of Nigerian’s First Military Head of State General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi, Lt Colonel Adekunle Fajuyi. This made Lt. Colonel Yakubu Gowon being appointed as the Head of State by the coup Conspirators.


The 1966 anti-Igbo pogrom was filled with a series of massacres committed against Igbo’s and other people from southern Nigerian origin living in the northern region of  Nigeria starting in May 1966 and reaching its apex after 29 September 1966.


The series of Massacre took the lives of over one million Igbo people including people of Southern Nigerian origin living in northern Nigeria. This event spurred the secession of the eastern Nigerian Region and the declaration of the Republic of Biafra on May 30, 1967, by Lt. Odumegwu Ojukwu and this ultimately led to the Nigerian-Biafran war from 6 July 1967 to 15 January 1970. The Nigerian civil war between the Biafrans and the Nigerian government was a cold war that lasted for about two years, six months, and nine days, and this left the Igbo people depopulated; leaving the country in a devastating state which was later affixed through constant innovation of the Igbo people and continuous development which was made possible by the Nigerian God’s given Natural Resources – the Oil.


After Years of turmoil, conflict, war, starvation, annexation, rebellion, corruption, segregation, ethno-religious violence, and uproars. The country is at its present unfathomable state where the Republic of Biafrans and the Oduduwa’s republic are clamoring for their freedom. The two powerful tribes want to recede out from Nigeria.


The Oduduwa republic which was formed by the western part of Nigeria, gained its eminence and popularity after its flag was raised on 1 of October 2020. The Oduduwa republic which is (Bordered by) made up of the following states: Ibadan, Benin, Kwara, Lagos, etc, Have raised their own freedom placards as they declared their emergence and exit out of Nigeria.

Before now, the Biafrans whose constant outcry for freedom has lasted more than fifty years is said to have made a few giant strides in their own exit out of Nigeria.


Nigeria which is made up of three ethnic groups which comprise Igbo, Hausa, and Yoruba, and other 21 different languages which are spoken across her Six political regions is in a tragic stand pole where many bother about Nigerian existence in the few years to come.

And these have left an unanswered question in the heart of Nigerians over what would be the remains of this great nation and giant of Africa if these two powerful ethnic groups exit out of Nigeria.


Nigeria whose journey of thousand miles of few steps is on the verge of collapsing as its citizens cry with gnashing of teeth of the irreparable state of the Country just like the federal government of Nigeria, accrued a total public debt of 31 Trillion Naira. The loans and multilateral debt, which is cut across the world bank, Arab bank, International monetary fund, etc and bilateral debts from China, Japan, France, and Eurobonds keeps on increasing ever since 2015 up till this date as the presidency keeps on Borrowing money from the aforementioned bodies.


Is Nigeria on an Extinct journey or just taking a leap of faith?

Also, the  Doctors are on strike, Judges on strike, Polytechnics on strike, University joining, inflation rising, kidnapping at its peak, One police station off per week, Herdsmen killing and Boko Haram insurgency at its highest rate, Food inflation recently, also got increased from 21.79 percent in February to 22.95 in March thereby making Nigeria’s inflation rate to rose to 18.17 percent on March amid a constant acceleration in the increase in food prices, the National Bureau of Statistics said Thursday been 14th of April.

According to the National Bureau of Statistics yesterday; The consumer price index, (CPI) that measures the inflation rate increased by 0.82 percent points in March which is higher than the 17.33 percent rate recorded in February. And these and many others anomalies depicts nothing other than a failed system.


However, the UN recognizes 195 countries around the world today, and people question about how long the list would continue to remain the same?

Is Nigeria on an Extinct journey or just taking a leap of faith?

Furthermore, considering the Nigerian government constant negligence on its citizenry which has resulted in a whole number of continuous mishaps, these obviously, have left a few questions in the minds of the few regarding if the footprints of the nation’s steps from its amidst thousand miles are about to be erased or is it just taking a stroll out of its Penury or taking a leap of faith. Nobody knows quite sure, but only time will tell.

Author: Isaacoed Buchi Jamie

Isaacoed Buchi Jamie

Isaacoed Buchi Jamie

Isaacoed Buchi Jamie is a content writer, entrepreneur, and founder of Be first African Initiative, a non-profit organization based in Abuja, Nigeria which focuses on harnessing the strength and potentials of young minds for the purpose of transforming them to be an agent of positive change and impact. He is a Healthcare service professional, and an Experienced Electrocardiograph Technician with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital, health care industry, and non-profit Organisations. He is Skilled in Personal & identity Branding, Personal Development, Organizational Leadership, Fiction & Creative Writing, and Website Development. Also Focused on Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Physiological Procedures.

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