I Met a Nigerian from Lagos state during my evening walk yesterday, and we had a discussion on Ibadan, Oyo State. The people of this state capital want to form a state of their own and separate themselves from the rural people. This, because the heads of state (of Oyo) are so corrupt that they can never bring themselves to share the resources that pour into Ibadan with the rural people.
Nigeria already has 36 states. For that size country, they don't need any more states.
Okay, so what's going to happen is that Ibadan will become a state, and the rural people of Oyo will then create a new capital which will attract more corrupt politicians who will be doing the same thing as the Ibadan politicians.
What they need is to get to the core of corruption throughout the country. And that will only happen when Nigeria has 100% literacy which is needed for a healthy democracy. But education of the masses is bad for the class of corrupt politicians and ministers of religion. Poorly educated people are more likely to listen to, submit and obey corrupt religious and political leaders rather than reason among themselves to determine which leaders will act to benefit of everyone.
I know Nigerians and they are extremely religious people--as are Liberians and most other people in Africa. Although Christians and Muslims project an image that without religion there would be great corruption; in truth, it is because they have religion that there is so much corruption and violence.
Take, for example, the series of bloody riots between Christians and Muslims in Jos, Plateau State. This is because they have been taught to pour their love into a nonexistent god instead of learning to love their fellow man. Secularists (Humanists) are more likely to find non-violent solutions to issues that arise amongst them than religious people who are more likely to engage in bloody violence, confident that their god is on their side.
Besides, since religion appeals to poorly educated people, they lack the ability to reason. Deadly violence is their only way to win the argument.
Christian propaganda says that we can only love our fellow man "through the blood and suffering of Our Lord Jesus Christ--Amen." (The piety of Christians always turns my stomach).
And yet the Christians are themselves responsible for the corruption in their country. But the sheep are taught that if you suffer enough here on Earth, you will get a front seat in Heaven. This must be the reason Christians/Muslims rarely rise up against corruption. It reminds me of the white slave masters in America who taught their slaves that if you work real hard here on Earth, you will be allowed to sit in God's kitchen.
The garbage that people believe in is very sad. There is little hope for Africa, for as long as there is religion, there will be wars and rumours of wars always.