"The recurring wave of violence and bloodletting in Jos, Plateau State has once again thrown up the vexed issue of citizenship rights in the country". This is the opening paragraph of the Daily Sun's article on the fresh crisis in Jos, Nigeria
This latest orgy of violence is jarring, chilling and thought provoking at the same time. It makes you want to question the deep set lines of tribal division that always seem to run close to the surface of the fabric of the nation. And not just at the national level, but also internationally, many would argue. On a global level, blacks would complain of discrimination or marginalisation in certain countries. Hispanics would say similar in certain other countries. Eastern Europeans would say same in yet some other countries.
At the continental level, North Africans might say same of say, Central Africans. That is even too far. Within West Africa alone, Ghanians may tell you they have their reservations about Nigerians. Within Nigerians themselves, the Igbo man may not trust the Hausa man. The Yoruba man may have doubts about the Igbo man. And so the circle goes on and on.....
Enough of this madness! All these divisive, occlusive, sectional and narrow-minded thoughts cannot aid our progress as a nation nor as a people. How far has it gotten us in the past? Nowhere! If after all this time, we've been doing things in a certain way that has yielded unsavoury results, shouldn't we amend our approach, our thoughts?
Heal Nigeria Initiative certainly thinks we should. Nigeria cannot continue this way. There has to be a change. And that change must come from you and me. No more excuses, no more complaints. We have always complained, how far has that taken us? We propose a more constructive and positive path to peace. And we welcome your opinion. Tell us what you think!