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Fighting for secession is saying, “let  me go”, “I want to be free”, “ I want to do things my own way”, etc. It clearly points to the fact that the agitator is not satisfied with the status quo, he wants better.

Fighting for secession is saying, “let  me go”, “I want to be free”, “ I want to do things my own way”, etc. It clearly points to the fact that the agitator is not satisfied with the status quo, he wants better.

This kind of agitation is not peculiar to national disintegration alone; it happens even at micro levels – as small as the family. The story of the prodigal son in the Bible is a pointer to the humanistic desire for freedom. However, as shown in that story, freedom when acquired for the wrong reasons fails to bring justice, peace and development.
While bondage, marginalization and discrimination are stifling, true freedom begets peace or a semblance of it upon which developmental advancements ride. TRUE FREEDOM DEMANDS THAT WE RECOGNIZE WHAT IS TRUE AND RIGHT, LOVE IT AND DEMONSTRATE IT. To do this in Nigeria, one does not need to be Igbo, Yoruba or Hausa; leader or follower; Muslim or Christian; rich or poor; man or woman; old or young; all that we need to be are individuals with social conscience and a strong sense of responsibility to the common good. In our different states in life, operating beyond selfish desires, private interest, tribal and ethnic limitations, political ambitions and religious fanaticism, is only possible when we adopt the framework that allows the establishment of “the truth”.
True freedom also looks to justice in order to maintain cohesion, encourage development as well as build and uphold human development. According to Pope Benedict XVI, “justice prompts us to demand that we give to the other what is 'his', what is due to him by reason of his being or acting”. He explains, “I cannot give what is mine to the other without first giving him what pertains to him in justice”. When we situate Nigeria as a people in the context of this explanation of justice, it becomes easier to understand the rationale behind the many social and political agitations of the past and present in the country.  The lack of authentic recognition of the legitimate rights of individuals and peoples of this nation, is a concrete evidence of the lack of true freedom in Nigeria, and the various agitations we have had are natural consequences of the resultant feeling of dissatisfaction among her people.
Both peoples and leaders of Nigeria need to practice justice and operate within the realm of the common good. In present day Nigeria, these principles are lacking and until we reconcile our ideas of acquiring wealth and chasing after power to the principle of justice which freedom does not negate, people will continue to siphon off public funds, squander public resources and hold on to power, to the detriment of the common good and sustainable development in our societies and individual lives. Every region of the nation is gearing up for secession, leaders are acting as if the call for secession is unreasonable, unjustified, unpatriotic and even egocentric; but we know this is not true. People are resorting to secession because they have seen all other strategies fall short of their purpose; they have felt, seen, heard and are now reacting to the activities of a supposedly recalcitrant government. Those attempting secession are doing so in the belief that it will resolve the self-slavery, marginalization and greed rampant in our society, but will it? Is secession the answer? Will secession work the miracle?

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