Editor's note: It is believed that Nigeria can achieved its desired greatness if all its component entities are united regardless of their religious, ethnic and political affiliations.
In an article sent to NAIJ.com, a US-based Nigerian, Omololu Omotosho, explains why all the ethnic groups in Nigeria should be united.
Omotosho was a Fellow with President Obama's organization, Organizing for Action.
Nigeria is a country with more than 200 tribes, with Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba being the predominant ones.
Ethnic and religious clashes as a result of political affiliation or allegiance is unnecessary. We have herdsmen clashes in Nigeria; tribes used by politicians to battle other tribes for political gains and violent groups sponsored by the elite for selfish gains.
Identity politics is only used by politicians for selfish reasons. When Nigerians vote for politicians along tribal and religious lines, those politicians do not respect those allegiances after they get into office but the elite from diverse tribes pull a seat on the table in the Judiciary, National Assembly, and Presidency to share our oil monies without recourse or respect to the affiliations in our personal lives.
We should endeavour to vote for politicians that we genuinely share ideology with us, instead of just identifying with their personalities.
Senator Shehu Sani has been imprisoned and vocal about identifying with the struggles of the working class in Nigeria and he has obviously enunciated and demonstrated those values since elected to the National Assembly.
He is an example of a politician that does not only talk the talk but walk the walk.
At the end of the day, regardless of one's support for a particular political party, the men and women in the political elite sit down to peacefully eat together in the table regardless of political and religious affiliation.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that Omotosho explained why the major ethnic groups in Nigeria should come together to live in peace and harmony. He also gave reasons politicians should not be allowed to destroy the country.
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