In a very recent and somewhat welcome development, Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo sent a post on his official Facebook page quote which stated that the Federal Government wants to bring better change to the country by abolishing the use of state of origin on formal or official documents. He said that the state of origin would instead be replaced by state of residence since Nigeria is one and would always remain one.
See Facebook post below:
We will initiate policies to ensure that Nigerians are free to live and work in any part of the country by removing state of origin, tribe, ethnic and religious affiliations and replace those with state of residence. #VoteChange #ChangeIsHere.
As much as the idea looks feasible in bridging the ethnic gap amongst Nigerians, it still brings up the fact that with or without state of origin, we know who is from what part of the country just by seeing or hearing their names. If an Hausa man hears Okeke, he automatically knows it is an igbo person. Sop the question remains, what will the FG achieve by abolishing the use of State of Origin?
One can’t also help but to ponder on how effective this would be in changing the country for the better. Will this new policy change the bias attitude of most people of Nigeria towards persons from other ethnic groups?