President Jonathan’s plane crashes while returning from an official visit to the UK.” The news broke out today. Today is the 25th of September 2014. Today is the day CNN, BBC and Aljazeera reported that the president of Nigeria was feared dead. Today is the day NTA reported that Jonathan was still alive in an undisclosed hospital. Today is the day Boko Haram released a broadcast on YouTube claiming responsibility for the plane crash and death of Jonathan. Nobody knew what to believe.
“Goodluck Ebelemi Jonathan is dead!” The news update flashed 24hours later, on the 26th of September. The news generated anger, shock, jubilation, fear, tears… The ex-militants were angry. Igbos and Yorubas all over the country were shocked. Muslims in the North jubilated as Namadi Sambo was sworn-in as the new president. Muslims in the South-East and South-South were afraid. The people of the South-South, especially the Ijaws, were weeping… Meanwhile, rumours kept spreading that Jonathan had been assassinated by the British government and that the black box of the ill-fated plane was missing.
On the 27th of September, gboom, gboom, gboooom… There were multiple explosions in Bayelsa, Delta and Akwa Ibom states. Shell, Chevron and other multinational oil installations were the casualties. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger-Delta (MEND) took responsibility for the attacks and promised more. The US president appealed for calm in Nigeria. Protests broke out in Lagos. The British High Commissioner to Nigeria denied rumours of the involvement of Britain in Jonathan’s death. The black box was still missing.
On the 28th, the mosque at the Main Market, Onitsha was razed to the ground by rioting youths. Governor Chris Ngige of Anambra pleaded for peace. Senator Dora Akunyili pleaded for peace too. Minister Diezani Allison-Madueke resigned from the Federal Executive Council in Abuja. Pastor Tunde Bakare, convener of the Save Nigeria Group, called for a Sovereign National Conference at a protest march in Lagos. Gi, gi, gi, gi… Gunshots erupted in the South-South between soldiers and militants. The UN appealed for talks in Nigeria. The black box was still missing.
On the 29th, churches were bombed in Kano, Kaduna, Sokoto and Niger states. President Namadi Sambo condemned the bombings, announced amnesty for Boko Haram members who would agree to surrender. Protesters in Lagos chanted, “No to amnesty! No to amnesty!!” Protesters in Onitsha and Owerri shouted, “Biafra!! Biafra!! Nye anyi Biafra!!” While rioters in Bayelsa set Nigeria’s flag ablaze.
That same day, in another YouTube broadcast, the Boko Haram announced: “Jonathan was an infidel! We killed him for ordering the massacre of innocent Muslim women and children in the North. We demand an Islamic Republic of Arewa, not amnesty!” They also alleged that the Nigerian Army was hiding the black box.
On the 30th, Ateke Tom, Boyloaf, Asari Dokubo, Chris Ekiyor and other MEND militants declared a Federal Republic of Niger-Delta. President Namadi Sambo responded by declaring a state of emergency in all the states of the Niger-Delta. Few hours later, the Chief of Army Staff announced at a press briefing that a thorough examination of the black box had confirmed that Jonathan’s plane crash was only an accident. Nobody believed him.
On October 1, 2014, Nigeria’s Independence Day and five days after the death of Jonathan, Chief Ralph Uwazurike declared the independence of the Democratic Republic of Biafra from Nigeria. Gani Adams and other Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) leaders were arrested in Lagos before they could declare a Republic of Oduduwa. And in a most shocking move, the US president ordered the US Marine Corps of AFRICOM to protect the people of the new Federal Republic of Niger-Delta from genocide by Nigerian soldiers. Soon after, France, Israel and South Sudan recognised the new nation.
That was when President Namadi Sambo realised that all hope for a united Nigeria was lost. He was indeed the last president of Nigeria.
NB This is not a prophesy. Just fiction. Real characters have been fictionalized!
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