Monday, May 29

The National Question and Self-determination in Nigeria

At The Maroonsquare two-day Discourse on National Development held on the 1st and 2nd of July, 2021 held at the Science Auditorium, Federal College of Education (Tech), Akoka, Yaba, Lagos with the theme; Identity Politics and the National Question in Nigeria sponsored by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. Issues of National interest that includes insecurity, agitations by different minority groups within the Nigerian entity and facts with solutions were brought to the fore.

One of the speakers, Mr. Adewale Adeoye discusses the issue of the National Question & Self-Determination in Nigeria. In his paper, argued that the Nigeria state is a state made up of nationalities that were fused together by the process of colonialism. And further that without colonial intervention, each nationality with certainty would have journeyed independently to achieve statehood. Consequent upon this fusing process by colonialism, it has affected the ability of the Nigerian state to be cohesive as it is plagued by distressful internal conflicts, which have transmitted into such thematic conflicts as; banditry, terrorism, kidnapping, herders/farmers clashes resulting to thousands of deaths across the country. Below is the paper delivered at the discourse.

Mr. Adewale Adeoye is a journalist with many years of experience. He Studied Philosophy, Journalism at University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is the Executive Director of Journalist for Democratic Rights (JODER) based in Lagos.

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