Who are Nigerians?
I know really that some may try to overlook this vital question on the platform of it being a childish question to ask. Well that is their opinion.
For a long time I have tried to know if I can get a positive answer towards this crucial question, but all have been really negative. Due to many facts that I will soon list to you all but will not elaborate it, I think that the name “Nigeria” is owned and understood by some particular section of the Nigeria entity.
In 2005 I got the answer though negative to me. That year was my first time of being to Abuja. I went to Abuja for sole purpose of the networking of a complete guesthouse to have access to Internet service in Wuse Zone 6, on arrival I was greeted by the gateman “Welcome to Nigeria” on hearing that I was shocked and surprised because I came together with the owner and the manager who are both from kogi state. I alighted the vehicle and went straight to the gateman to make him really know that I am a Nigerian and equally from Southeast though I live in Lagos (Nigeria) then, to my greatest dismay he told me that Lagos is not Nigeria, stating that the name Nigeria started from Kogi up North.
Later that day I ask one of the hotel workers the reason behind what the gateman said, he cleared the air with the following points;
He asked me, has any region other than the north influenced the decision of the National Assembly both Senate and Reps?
Also that it is only Northerners that has the power to remove any other region from this entity “Nigeria” citing that Nigeria-Biafra War started because the Igbo’s wanted to disintegrate from Nigeria but the North (i.e. Nigerians) said no,
That no matter what happens (crisis) in the North that no military action will be deployed with the authority to arrest/prosecute the law breakers (Muslim jihadist),
That truly other regions are more educated than the North but they cannot rule Northerners(Nigerians being born to rule) excepts they so wish, citing the case of Obasanjo as an instance,
He said that while the Southerners are busy fighting each other the Northerners(Nigerians) are busy regrouping planning on strategies that will be suitable in developing their country(North),
He gave me so many instances (facts) that suggest that really the Northerners are the actual Nigerians while others are pretending to be Nigerians.
But I still don’t know what to believe because I am a Nigerian and was called a Nigerian when I visited Ghana. Can someone help me with this question WHO ARE REALLY NIGERIANS?