The discussions, which started on July 21, 2012, with a post by Olusola Osineye lasted over 6 days, and attracted 12 likes and 668 comments by Nigerian professionals spread across ten countries in five continents, mainly the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, Ghana, Canada, Phillipines, Malaysia and different parts of Nigeria. The conversation started with the post below:
“The identifiable commercially-viable oil wells in Nigeria are in Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta and Calabar and all are located in the geopolitical zone of South South (SS). Calabar and Onne in the region also have recognised international sea ports.
The South East (SE) region’s major economic clout is entrepreneurship, technology (although fragmented) and modest inroad into industrialization. The region is however land-locked.
The South West! It also has modest industrialization, but the major economic clout it wields is Lagos – the commercial heart beat of West Africa. It also has internationally recognisable ports at Apapa and Tin Can. The North (including the middle belt) contributes the bulk of the country’s agricultural output. The region, like SE is also land-locked and would always require access to regions with international sea ports.
Do you still think Nigeria can go their separate ways without another bloody war? Their survival is too deeply interwoven”.