This nation called Nigeria should be an estate of our great grandfather, Uthman Dan Fodio

This nation called Nigeria should be an estate of our great grandfather, Uthman Dan Fodio. We must ruthlessly prevent a change of power. We use the minorities in the north as willing tools, and the South, as conquered territory and never allow them to rule to have control over their future.”
--- Ahmadu Bello, Sultan of Sokoto, Parrot Magazine Wednesday October 12, 1960.
"The conquest to the sea is now in sight. When our god-sent Ahmadu Bello said some years ago that our conquest will reach the sea shores of Nigeria, some idiots in the South were doubting its possibilities. Today have we not reached the sea? Lagos is reached. It remains Port Harcourt. It must be conquered and taken after December 30, 1964."
---- Mallam Bala Garuba West African Pilot December 30, 1964.
“Since the amalgamation of Southern and Northern Provinces in 1914, Nigeria has existed as one country only on paper. It is still far from being united. The country is inhabited by peoples and tribes who speak different languages, who have different religions, different customs and traditions and entirely different historical backgrounds in their way of life, and who have also attained different stages of development..”
----- Alhaji Tafawa Balewa in Northern Legislative Council, Kaduna 1953.
“The mistake of 1914 has come to light, and I should like it to go no further.”
---- Ahmadu Bello speaking to the house in Lagos March, 1953.
“Nigeria is not a nation. It is a mere geographical expression. There are no Nigerians in the same sense as there are English, Welsh or French.The word Nigeria is a mere distinctive appellation to distinguish those who live within the boundaries of Nigeria and those who do not"-Late Chief Awolowo.”
---- Obafemi Awolowo in Path to Freedom, London; Faber and Farber 1947.
“Suffice it to say that the basis of unity does not exist”
----- Yakubu Gowon in an FRCN broadcast to Nigeria from Dodan Barracks, Lagos. Monday August 1, 1966.
"Since 1914 the British Government has been trying to make Nigeria into one country, but the Nigerian people themselves are historically different in their backgrounds, in their religious beliefs and customs and do not show themselves any signs of willingness to unite. Nigeria unity is only a British invention"
------ Alhaji Tafawa Belewa at the Northern Regional Assembly, Kaduna, 1953.
"It is better for us and many admirers abroad that we should disintegrate in peace and not in pieces. Should the politicians fail to heed the warning, then I will venture the prediction that the experience of the Democratic Replublic of congo will be a child's play if it ever comes to our turn to play such tragic role"
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------ Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe. Father of African Independence and Nigeria’s First President.
"A formal declaration of the Northern Region's secession was narrowly averted Monday August 1, (1966) when Col. Gowon was elevated to power in Lagos. Lt. Col. Gowon had prepared a radio address proclaiming the North's intention to break away from Nigeria but was dissuaded by the Yorubas in the army. Appeals to Gowon for restraint from northern secession were also made by several ambassadors from Western nations, especially Britain. Although Gowon was dissuaded from the secession, he did declare that it seemed to him to be "no basis for Nigerian unity, which has been so badly rocked, not only once but several times."
---- New York Times Wednesday August 3, 1966.

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