Uztas Uthman Dan Fodio in 1805 left us an inimitable and an invaluable counsel to wit ‘conscience is an open wound only truth can heal it’. Jesus The Christ left us a deep one when HE said ‘For you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free’ in generis TRUTH divine or otherwise is a liberator. And Prophet Mohammed PBUH admonished thus ‘they give forgiveness and the portion of those who are truthful and honest is the mercy and benevolence of the Almighty’. Not a few ethnic cum sectional jingoists lampooned my piece as divisive. Some folks from the South applauded my work as the emergence of a Paladin of Southern interests BUT alas either way the assessment is flawed. I am a PAN Nigerian championing national interest. I am a prophet calling my nation to cease to live a lie. A lad asking our leaders to live true to the constitution, or better still convoke a conference where we can fashion out a more inclusive and more acceptable corporate script and intendments that shall denominate and dominate our national life. I am a seeker concerned that the federal character normatives skewed northwards have been further skewed against the masses in the North little wonder their preponderant number are yet nomads, peasants and beggars. I am a Youth saying that this culture that makes that which otherwise should be a blessing a curse no thanks to a selfish and a conceited Northern elite and their collaborators from the South must STOP. To my brothers in the North I say your pain is mine, insha Allahu we shall prevail. So Mote It Be. Amen. AUTHOR – Dr. ChukwuDumebi Nkemcho Nwaokobia Snr.

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