Having read "Soldiers of Fortune" and its prequel, "Oil, Politics & Violence - Nigeria's Military Coup Culture", by Max Siollun, let me at this point profess that Max is arguably the most exceptional and detailed writer of Nigeria's post-independence history. Some may argue its Kole Omotosho and others, Frederick Forsyth. But I must tell you that Max's books come with hybrid absorbents, the same ones that make you feel like a passive observer of the events that have come to shape our history as a country.
Also, if you're considering going into politics, ensure you've read either of these two books because only then will you be privy to Nigeria's true problems and therefore be enlightened enough to scribble solutions to them.
Ours is a bittersweet history of strife, tumult, bloodbath, prosperity, greed, decadence and now, struggle. Moreover, our journey to redemption is a long one, the end of which could remain elusive unless we disengage the interference of the individuals who played an active part in ruining our nation. Some of the big names you hear today (past and present governors, ministers, senators, SSAs) either contributed to the current ruin that is Nigeria or have off springs and offshoots dampening every glow of our progress. Nigeria has always been divided and it's why we once had four ethno-religious parties - Northern People's Congress (NPC), Action Group (AG), United Middle Belt Congress (UNBC) & National Council of Nigerian Citizens (NCNC) - as the topmost political parties in Nigeria.
Nigerians deserve better and some should never be allowed into politics ever again, along with generations after them bearing their names either by direct or distant relation.
A true form of fiscal federalism would be a great first step in the right direction if we ever hope to resolve this crisis.
Read your history. Don't be lied to.
Once again, I'd recommend you all found a way to read either or both of Max's books. Pay for it. Nothing good comes cheap.
In an advanced society, Max would have been given a national award for his astounding efforts. Historians play a dominant part in public enlightenment especially when politics is involved. Germany, America, Cuba, South Africa and many more, all have a brutal history. Similarly, they have continued to invest heavily in teaching the young generations to avoid the mistakes made by those before them.
However, Nigeria's case is different. We tend to shield the truth in a bid to achieve our greedy ambitions. It's the only reason why you have protesters, majority of whom are either misinformed or uninformed, clamoring for Biafra. They deserve everything they're asking, but it'll only be productive if they're told the truth about history - not the one-sided version I fear they've been told.
Dear youths, there is a lot we certainly don't know about Nigeria. Sorry, there's a lot we probably don't know our country. We barely even know one another and ironically, our problems also didn't start today.
Read books. Know your history.
Again I say Max is indeed a rare gem. I hope he lives long to see an adaptation of his books - by Hollywood!