Nigerian people and Culture Nigerian Tribal Conquest (political).
Internal squabble for power between various Nigerian tribes Is one of the main reason for the slow and tragic decline of the Nigerian society. This tribal conquest is usually played out on multiple fronts such as politics, religion and education.
On the political front the key players here are the 3 major tribes. These tribes have contested to control the affairs of the country even before independence. The Hausa Fulani claim politically that the British gave them the mantle of ruler ship over the country as this is a continuation of the indirect rule system pioneered in Nigeria for the British empire by sir Frederick lugard and was implemented in other regions of the world due to the high level of success of using the system to control the northern protectorate.
The northern protectorate was thus given the largest landmass in comparison to other regions and this gives them a majority in the upper and lower houses of legislature when independence was achieved on 1st October 1960.
There have been claims that the above date was chosen by northern leaders because the other regions where in a better position in many aspects and wanted the independence by 1958 but Alhaji Ahmadu bello and tafawa balewa objected to the British and the independence ceremony was delayed until 1960 to aid their cause.
To the northerners the ruler ship of the country was promised to them and that is the reason why they accepted to become one country with the entire south.
South Westerns claim that unlike the igbos who want to secede from Nigeria ,they should be allowed the opportunity to rule as they have always had a vital role and stake in the Nigerian state.
Well so they claim and this gave rise to zonal system of government through the political class. The north and west have always kept the power within their grasp
The Yoruba’s say that just as the north was promised ruler ship through the legislature, they were promised the judiciary. This is mainly due to the vast amount of scholars who come from the region. So every once in a while the mantle of rulership must be given to them.
Ndi Igbo unlike the west and north claim they don’t really need Nigeria to survive like the rest, their society has always been egalitarian. As a society they believe the growth of the individual is important to the growth of their homeland and so this makes them one of the most learned and industrious tribes in Africa.
Not surprising they have tried to gain independence, thereby turning their eastern region to the peoples republic of Biafra through their champion major chukwuemeka ojukwu but the cause was abandoned because he fled to ivory coast amid advancing Nigerians soldiers bringing an end to the Nigerian Biafra war of 1967-1970 under major yakubu Gowon and his junta.
The war has done irrevocable damage to the Igbo claim to rule through politic because other think they still have dreams of secession.
Minority tribes had little or no claim to rule as they were not even considered as challengers in the political spheres. This view was changed through the rise to presidency by president Goodluck Jonathan
It is in our own opinion that ruler ship of a country should not be based on tribe but on the ability to deliver individually and collectively to the goal of the Nigerian state. Each tribe or region is very important and non should be so suppressed in the scheme of things.