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The day we begin to focus more on our ancestry as children of one father is the day we will put aside the negative things that have kept us divided and hating each other at every little provocation.

The failure of the adherents of the two major religions in this country to study their scriptures is being exploited by selfish and sometimes ignorant religious leaders to confuse and control our minds. It’s about time we stopped them.

Education, formal or informal, is the major tool for recreating the minds of people. Poverty is second to ignorance on the scale of factors responsible for the tensed relationship between people of the same bloodline. We can actually live in peace, do business together and transform Nigeria.

If the founders of the United Arab Emirates, an original desert land, could turn the wilderness to a wonder and yet make it home for non Muslims to live and do business, there is no reason why we should keep a Greenland, with all the resources beneath it untapped, comatose on the altar of religious differences and ethnicity.

The ‘Abraham Accords’ has done the impossible. It has “brought about normalisation and a quick warming of relations between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain.” The group has extended this accord between Israel and  Sudan and Israel and Morocco.

We are still here looking for the difference between an Igbo and Ikwerre, a Fulani and Hausa, an Ibibio and Anang or Efik, and worse still, between a southerner and a Northerner. Little wonder, the race to the 2023 general election has been predicated on ethnicity and religion.

If not, why wouldn’t a Tinubu run with a Sheriff or an Amaechi with a Fashola?

The drums of ethnicity and religion will be rolled out.  I wish I could close my eyes and wake up with a new beginning for the once giant nation of the black race.

Unashamedly, Nigeria is broke, but her leaders are super wealthy.

Realising that the value of 1 dirham or AED in the UAE to the Nigerian naira is 166, I weep for my country.

The Zambia we oftentimes overlook has its currency so close to the UAE money with just a slight difference. We are a nation so rich, yet so poor. We intimidate other African nations, yet we are not getting better than them.

Before you come to my timeline to place the blame on anyone, know that you have also in some way contributed to the fall of the giant.

It is time for us to think home and join the @ThinkHome campaign!!!

***Christie Ndukwe is a writer, social critic and founder of ThinkHome Campaign, an arm of Citizens Quest for Truth Initiative.