It is looking like it everyday.
The Fund for Peace, a United States think tank lists the fragility of states by assessing their vulnerability to conflict or collapse. In its 2016 report, FFP ranked Nigeria 13th in its Fragile States Index. The country ranked worse than economically prostate Zimbabwe and conflict ridden Eritrea and only marginally better than Iraq.
Nigeria ticks all the right boxes on socioeconomic indicators with mass poverty, economic decline, social injustice and brain drain highlighting the deep divide within.
Ours is a country at war with itself. It celebrates mediocrity; distorts reality and prides itself in its capacity to merely exist. We are conflicted on all sides by marauding bandits (including the security agencies) and mass murderers who seem to have unfettered access to kill, maim, rape and subjugate to the people to criminal administration. The elite (including the political leaders) have a thirst for our commonwealth such that the their very existence is the reason there is both social and economic inequality
I have to ask if Nigeria is a failed state because it is descending rapidly into the chaos, maladministration, hopelessness and authoritarianism that tend to define such states; and we seem to lack the political will to pull it from the brink. Public utilities are comatose, poverty is ravaging the land, food is scarce and prices have skyrocketed. There is uneven development across the country, with Igbos still bearing the brunt of lack of federal attention since the civil war. As we speak, the country has lost count of its dead because life has very little value here. Worse, indigenous groups are seeking tp breakaway from the republic at every turn, threatening lives, living and livelihood. And despite all of this, the government has been highly unresponsive in meeting its peoples’ aspirations.
There is no better time to ask the question whether Nigeria would be best disintegrating into its minor units. Nobody deserves to live under the conditions that Nigeria has foisted on us