Recently, Prophet Elijah Ayodele predicted that Nigeria would disintegrate between 2035 and 2040.
With the tension in the land, Ayodele’ s prediction may come sooner than that. 2023 has become a year heavy pregnant with the unexpected.
It is become a year of uncertainty, as every part of Nigeria agitate to be recognised on that year, with nobody ready to shift grounds for the other.
In the South, both the South East and the South West are very interested in 2023. The South East insist it is their turn after so many years, to manage the affairs of Nigeria, which had since been managed by other regions, since the death of Major General Johnson Thomas Umunnakwe Aguiyi- Ironsi, in the January 1966 military coup that eventually led to the Nigeria Biafra Civil War.
The South West on the other hand are angling to present Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu, the former Lagos State governor, and All Progressives Congress APC Leader, to take over from General Muhammadu Buhari.
This angle seems to be a pre- agreed incentive, that made Tinubu and the South West support Buhari in 2015, to remove former president Goodluck Jonathan.
But the North are still insisting to go one more round of four years, before they hand over power to the South.
With the bulk of military regimes enjoyed by the North, the South are of the view that it should be their turn to produce the next president of Nigeria, and this has further stretched the already strained bond holding the nation together.
Many in the South have already started seeing themselves as unwanted in the country, since they cannot be allowed to occupy the seat of power at Aso Rock.
Several have made veiled threats of crisis and commotion, if things don’ t go their way, and for a country already battling so many troubles, from Boko Haram, bandits and herdsmen in the North, to secsssion agitations in the South, 2023 seems to be a year Nigeria would be sitting on a keg of TNT, and any wrong move, could signal chaos that could consume the nation.
It beholds on our leaders to swallow their prides, and set aside their tribalistic tendencies which has come to the fore, to ensure equity, unity and justice is upheld.
Nigeria is at the brink and those driving it are still drinking ogogoro on the steering wheel.