Nigeria is among the nations of the world which rival in cultural multiplicity: it has been said that Nigeria has about 371 tribes, dominated by the Hausas, Yorubas and Igbos (which are the three major tribes) in the country.
With the fact that the country remains one, since amalgamation of the Southern and Northern protectorates in 1914 by Lord Frederick Lugard – it has witnessed series of cries from different tribes, calling for the disintegration of the country.
This is due to past civil war, internal crisis, marginalisation of some tribes (especially the minorities) by others (mostly the majorities): there is the foul-cry of economic sabotage and natural resources drainage of the Igbos, in regards to the oil being exhumed from the Niger Delta Regions by the Nigerian government – this has led to taking up harms against the state by youths from the Niger Delta with the claim that their lands are being destroyed and their children (youths) do not have good employment while other states of the country are enjoying the resources (gotten from the oil) in their regions.
There is clumsiness – calling for carefulness
While majority in Nigeria are now calling for the integration of Federal Character in the Nigerian government’s administration – some people are still calling for secession within the country.
There is also little love among the various tribes; if there was, those calling for secession will realise that individuals from all the tribes (in the country) have assets in different parts of the country. Should there be secession, those assets will be forever lost to those who own them which will force many to start allover.
Aside from the facts (above), there have been intermarriages among the tribes in the country: calling for secession might mean calling for breakage of many marriages too; the external aggression that have backed the terrorist group, boko haram, will have their feast on the lives of the citizenry of the disintegrated Nigerian states before any part of them could (when seceded) have a united army.
However, despite all these, Nigerian tribes can live in harmony if everyone could learn from what happened between Jesus Christ, the Samaritan woman and the entire village of Samaria.
Borrowing a leaf from biblical history
Historically, there was an enmity between the Israelites and the Samaritans: the Israelites would not relate with the Samaritans, and the Samaritans would also not relate with the Israelites – due to past disagreement(s).
However, one day Jesus passed through Samaria (purposefully) and met a Samaritan woman: He demanded water from the woman, and she queried why Jesus (being a Jew) would ask her for water.
As discussion widens between them, the woman ran into the village and call the entire people of Samaria to Jesus (who they would not have related with). In the process, they begged Jesus to stay with them, and He stayed for two days – teaching about the Kingdom of God. Read John 4:1-42.
There are so many things that can be deduced from here. However, we will point at few.
- Peace characterised Jesus – in Isaiah, He was called the Prince of Peace.
- He was concerned about the lost souls of the seed of Abraham – which the Samaritans were, also, part of.
- Jesus is concerned about doing the will of the Father, which is to propagate the Kingdom of God.
In the bid to see tribalism eradicated from Nigeria, we must also learn from this historical background (in John 4:1-42).
Notwithstanding, it is not something that we can do with our wisdom. We must involve God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, because no one can work with any of these three entities without faith: to have faith, you must be born again, after which (through the Holy Spirit) you must not go back to the life of sin that you, once, were living in.
Will you give your life to Christ?
It will be a thing of Joy, for the Bible says, “There is joy in heaven over a sinner that repents”. Luke 15:7.
Then say this prayer where you are now:
Lord Jesus, I accept you as my Lord and Saviour. Take over my life and let the Holy Spirit guide me into all truth. In Jesus name I prayed, amen.
Now, you need to get a Bible to be read, daily – with prayers. You, also, need to join a church by which you will be able to listen to teachings that will expand your understanding about God.
 Emake, Chigozie, Nigerian Tribes: List of Major Tribes in Nigeria, AnswersAfrica.