Hear from the founding fathers:
- Alhaji Tafewa Balewa in 1948
"Since 1914, the British government has been trying to make Nigeria into one country, but the Nigerian people themselves
are historically different in their backgrounds, in their religious beliefs and customs and do not show themselves any sign of willingness to unite...Nigerian unity is only a British invention."
- Chief Obafemi Awolowo (in 1947)
"Nigeria is not a nation. It is a mere geographical expression. There are no Nigerians in the same sense as there are English, Welsh or French. The word Nigerian is merely a distinctive appellation to distinguish those who live within the boundaries of Nigeria and those who do not."
- Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe (in 1964)
"It is better for us and many of our admirers abroad that we should disintegrate in peace and not in pieces. Should the politicians fail to heed this warning, then I will venture the prediction that the expereicne of the Democratic Republic of the Congo will be a child's play if ever it comes to our turn to play such a tragic role."
Is anything different in today's Nigeria?