In a 17 page report, which is a summary of the outcome of a One – Day Conference of ‘US Expert on Africa’ convened in January 2005 and sponsored by the Country’s National Intelligence Agency to discuss likely trends in Sub-Saharan Africa over the next 15 years, emphasis was made that potential development might accelerate decline in Africa and reduce even our limited optimism. Another part of the report is quoted as follows;
“…while currently Nigeria’s leaders are locked in a bad marriage that all dislike but dare not leave, there are possibilities that could disrupt the precarious equilibrium in Abuja. The most important would be a junior officer coup that could destabilize the country to the extent that open warfare breaks out in many places in a sustained manner. If Nigeria were to become a failed state, it could drag down a large part of the West African Region. Even State failures in smaller Countries such as Liberia, Sudan etc., has the effect of destabilizing entire neighborhoods.”
When this prediction of doom became a subject of discourse in the international arena and Nigeria in particular, it was credited to American Government. However, This Day Live of 15th May, 2012 hosted a comprehensive report by the then US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Terence McCauley who denied and referred to these predictions as individual analysis without the endorsement of the America Government.
In the views of Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN), the source of the report is not as paramount as the report itself. Be it as it may, Nigeria and Nigerians should rise over and above all odds with a view of not taking this prediction for granted. The justification for this is that presently there are obvious signs such as ethno-religious crises, sectarian agitations, the heating up of the political atmosphere by diverse interests preparatory to the 2015 General Election, the increasing waves of insecurity, occasioned by insurgencies/terrorism and militancy. These alone are clear warning signals that if no clear measures are put in place, the prediction may come to fruition.
It is therefore in view of the above and the compelling need to keep Nigeria as one and an indivisible entity that PCN, in its commitment to National Creativity, Peace and Youth Development, has decided to initiate this project entitled ‘Signature Nigeria’ with the slogan ‘I Sign for One Nigeria’. This project is born out of the fact that Nigeria’s corporate existence is already being threatened by sectarian agitation and campaign for self – determination. Whereas, PCN is of the strongest believe that the secession by any group will neither do any good to the group nor any other component part of Nigeria; hence the need for one Nigeria, regardless of our ethno-religious and socio-political diversities.
Several objectives have guided PCN in the drafting of this proposal, these include;