United Nations has just published a report where it described Nigeria as a heavily fragmented and divided nation.
The report says Nigerians are particularly divided along religious, ethnic, and regional lines.
The report was presented at a meeting on the formulation of the UN Development Assistance Framework for the South East geo-political zone.
“Nigeria is a deeply divided society considering the plurality of ethnic, religious and regional identities that define her political existence.
“The situation is exacerbated by the existence of systematic accountability challenges.
“Also, limited capacities of independent institutions/commissions and limited accountability at the federal, states and local government levels has affected national cohesion.
“The major challenges Nigeria is currently facing that constrain her economic growth and social development are lack of good governance.
“Also, increased insecurity across geo-political zones in North East, Niger Delta and Lake Chad region in particular also hinders her growth.
“Since independence in 1960, Nigeria has struggled to build and sustain national integration.
“For decades, different segments of Nigeria’s population had, at different times, expressed feelings of marginalization or being short-changed.
“Some segments also feel dominated, oppressed, threatened, or even targeted for elimination.
“Nigeria is one of the poorest and most unequal countries in the world.
“Over 80 million or 64% of her population living below poverty line.
“The situation has not changed over the decades, but is increasing.
“Poverty and hunger have remained high in rural areas, remote communities and among female –headed households.
“The vulnerable macroeconomic environment in Nigeria is affecting investors’ confidence in the domestic economy,” the report said.
In reality, Nigeria is more of an economic expression than a geographic expression.
If the natural resources found in Southern Nigeria is found in the North, the Geographical entity described as Nigeria will be more.
Nigerians have little tribal like-mindedness, wide gaps and contrast in religions. Our deep seated division is what our politicians are exploiting.