Why ethnicity differences among Nigerians?

By Muhammad Bello umar

Every society has its norms, values and traditions guiding their mode of living, but many things have changed the face of how the togetherness of some societies that share even clan together. However, just for the fact that they are from different angles in terms of language has set a barricade between them. Such barricade has caused serious challenges in many societies today with attendant consequences of transmitting it down to the generations yet unborn because it has been allowed to grow to point of inflicting pains in the heart of Africa.

Before the coming of the Europeans around 1400’s Africa as a continent has been the best world to live in, no matter how hard it is in terms of civilization, the togetherness was the best that can’t be wiped out, despite the fact that they brought civilization that changed the face of how Africans were living. It made a touchdown to the society, that they scrambled and conquered the society and made African society tremble in fear of how they even engulfed the best way out of Africa, and they made a punch in the heart of Africa that it can’t be healed forevermore.

The cramping of Africa was made to the effect of erasing the society but because of how Africa was and the blessings that cover Africa made Africa to the Africa today.

In the colonial era that triggered slave trade, they wanted to cripple Africa in terms of economy, political and even socially, to the fact that they changed some of the things the ancestors of Africa left behind for the Africans as inheritance, but still at that norms, values, traditions are gone as even some of the Africans are supporting the society to live African culture.

These brought upon some Nigerian societies today conflict that some clans or culture stand firm on agree to disagree among themselves and how they shape thinking and ideology of the said clans and some of the culture is gone. A brother hunting his brother without the fear of how and what would happen to him, if he would live or die that is none of his business.

No doubt, colonialism has brought a change to Africa, if you look at the rate of injury’s it had caused Africa you know why there is differences in Nigerian ethnic groups, no respect for one another and they even care less of what might happen to the nearest neighbor. Before, in Nigeria, before a neighbor eats he call out his fellow neighbor to eat together but now reverse is the case. Another simple truth is love for one another is no where to be found, and it is alarming to the effect that no one even cares about that.

African countries have been affected the most by climate change globally. This notion has contributed to the migration of Fulani herdsmen from the North towards southwest Nigeria. As observed from a model, desertification, landslides, droughts, pollution, sand storms, and diseases that have all transpired from climatic changes have led Fulani Herdsmen to leave their communities.

The count of three hundred ethnic groups cited above overwhelmingly enumerates ethnic minority groups, those which do not comprise a majority in the region in which they live. These groups usually do not have a political voice, nor do they have access to resources or the technology needed to develop and modernize economically, they therefore often consider themselves discriminated against, neglected, or oppressed to the fact of not given a here says that would even give chance to other ethnic groups in the society at large.
In attempting to discard the prejudices of imperialism it is of best interests to discard the use of the term tribe when referring to the ethnic groups of Nigeria.

Muhammad Bello Umar writes from Mass communication department Abubakar Tatari Ali polytechnic Bauchi and can be reached via: princemub28@gmail.com

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