This is the summary of a letter to Ag. Pres. Osinbajo from five Northerners on why the Igbo should go.

Summary –
We can’t live with the Igbos and the Igbos can’t live with us due to the conflicts before and after the Civil War and the ongoing threat of another conflict. As a result, the Igbos should be allowed to leave Nigeria.

Read the full letter here:

I want to tell you why this Northern group’s approach won’t solve the real issue, which is lack of a proper system of government.

1. Biafra wanting to leave Nigeria is not a new phenomenon. Our fore forefathers grew up, married and died among their tribes. Commingling with other tribes was very little and only in the area of business. So we are very tribal.

2. We have always fought and conquered other tribes. In fact, slave trade thrived because tribes conquered and sold their enemy tribes. Tribal conflicts began since time immemorial and will continue if we keep emphasizing tribal affiliation over individual rights as a way of organizing a government.

3. Biafra therefore, is a weakness in our ability to figure out how to live with other tribes peacefully, a method advanced countries like the United States and Canada figured out (still experimenting) and is working out good for them.

4. If Biafra go today, tomorrow would be another group until every tribe has its own country.

Therefore, we have three options in my opinion:

1. Continue killing each other
2. Let every tribe form their own country, if there’s any one of us left
3. Adopt a proven method of organizing a country that actually works

Let me tell you a little about option 3.

The ultimate question is, for example – can an Igbo man live peacefully with a Hausa man and vice versa, while each one of them pursues his own life’s goals?

1. Yes. The United States has more tribal groups than Nigeria. 800 languages spoken in New York City alone yet New Yorkers aren’t waging war against each other. These 800 languages include a sizable number Igbos, Hausas, Yorubas and many more. French and English speaking people of Canada is another example. The list goes on.

2. The system under which these different people live in Canada and the United States is what I call True Federalism and we have never lived together in such a system in my opinion (Yes, the regional system of 1963 is better than the 1999 Constitution but not close to True Federalism).

3. Our best and only viable option is to create an environment that promotes freedom in which people are allowed to determine their own future in their respective states according to individual rights. This is what I called True Federalism.

So what is True Federalism?

1. It is a system that allows individuals the freedom to live their lives in any manner they like for as long as they do not attack the freedom of others. This means an Igbo man can freely live with other Igbo people or any other tribe; have rights to his or her land and its mineral resources; participate in his religion of choice; own his life and fruits of his labor and the government protects his rights to do those things.

2. To install True Federalism, the magic trick is to limit the powers of government to only those that protect your freedom – defense, police, courts, providing substitute for market failures and laws protecting children and the disabled. The bulk of these limited functions must be assign to the federating units (states, regions etc) while the federal retains just a few.

To conclude:

1. The problem isn’t that we cannot live with each other but because we have a system of government that is preventing people from using their God given potential to their own ends and as such we blame one another for our failures.

2. I call on the Igbos, Hausa/Fulani and any other tribal group in Nigeria to not go the way of advocating separation based on tribe as it would not solve the actual problem. South Sudan is an example.

3. The actual problem is lack of a system that promotes freedom. Learn more here