Uzodinma Iweala, Beast Of No Nation Writer, Suggests Dissolving Nigeria Before 2023 Elections
Uzodinma Iweala, the author of Beasts of No Nation has said that Nigeria needs a new independence and should be dissolved.
The statement was made by Uzodinma in his Foreign Affairs article, “Nigeria’s Second Independence: Why the Giant of Africa Needs to Start Over.”
The timing of Uzodinma’s appeal coincides with the continent’s most populous country’s preparations for the general elections set for February and March 2023.
The author is adamant that the country’s dissolution is one of the answers to its political problems.
He urged people to decide whether or not they wanted Nigeria to remain a state as they deal with serious economic and security issues.
The son of former finance minister and WTO DG Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala emphasized that “Nigeria’s political system defies neat packaging.”
“Scholars have given it a variety of names, including the mocking “chaosocracy,” the more positive “entrepreneurial democracy,” and the derogatory “kleptocracy.”
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Such tags, according to Uzodinma, incorrectly imply that Nigeria’s problems are caused by specific moral failings among the political class.
The Harvard alumnus contends that no one person, no matter how well-intentioned, can resolve the issues, citing experts’ recommendations for good leadership and good governance.
Nothing should be off-limits for discussion, he said, not even the breakup of the nation.
Before taking any further action, Nigerians must decide if they want to keep the country’s patchwork identity.
Given that the nation is the arbitrary byproduct of colonial boundaries, the question is reasonable.
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According to Uzodinma, citizens shouldn’t “limit their thinking to outmoded and flawed U.S. and European models of democracy” in their efforts to create a functioning system.
While a student at Harvard, the novelist received numerous awards, including the Hoopes Prize and the Dorothy Hicks Lee Prize for Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis.
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