DEPERSONALIZING SOUTHERN KADUNA STRUGGLE
It’s a settled fact that Lord Lugard’s 1914 political project called Nigeria is like an evil forest to
the people of Southern Kaduna. It has been so before and after the lowering of the Union Jack
on 1st October 1960.
Pundits have invested time and energy in periodizing and thematizing our tribulations. Some
said, our palaver was “beautiful” before the ceremonial self-rule in October of 1960-while others
postulated that; it’s harsher after the departure of the crown’s representatives.
Like all oppressed, exploited, denigrated, and subjugated bunch, we’ve been struggling to
liberate and redeem ourselves—from set-go. We refused to see repressive and dehumanizing
chains knotted around our wrists by colonial masters and their post-independence comprador
political class they consciously handed power to them as golden bracelets. Hell no. We see
them as satanic blood-sucking irons.
As victims of external and internal oppressions, we recorded remarkable successes of
resistance against their policies. Because of that, our cases are not only known nationally, they
have been hoisted on the global radar. All the battles were won with sweat and sometimes the blood
of our people. Understanding multifarious nuances, keeping our eye on the ball, and depersonalizing the
struggle was responsible for our multifaceted victories against the system and tormentors.
Still, they were also variables that bestowed the struggle semblance of order and camaraderie
amongst and between strugglers and their never-say-die supporters.
Unfortunately, the third generation of strugglers has consciously or otherwise refused to be
guided by history and philosophies adopted by earlier generations of our redeemers. That is
inflicting complicated fractures to the legs of our struggle. It’s even undoing some of the epochal
victories that we got through blood and sweat.
In our struggle, we can disagree and agree without personalizing our differences. We can
disagree and even walk away without throwing below-the-belt punches on comrades in the
struggle. We can fight from different flanks and use different strategies without friction or
blue-to-blue incidences that are the order of the day.
Let’s depersonalize the Southern Kaduna struggle, for good. It’s the noblest thing to do and the
smoothest lane to ply.
Kaduna State Nigeria