Tinubu has a very difficult decision to make in order to successfully harvest his long cultivated Northern alliance. It is easier and more probable for a Yoruba Muslim to strike an alliance with the Northern Muslim Afro-Arabic civilization. But the practicality of the alliance has become obvious with Tinubu expected to choose a representative from the Northern partners to safeguard their civilizational agenda.
If he chooses a Christian Northerner, he would be at a disadvantage against a Northern Muslim opponent in what is supposed to be his stronghold, while a Muslim-Muslim ticket is a departure from the unwritten rule to share power between the two Abrahamic sects, Islam and Christianity, representing the North and his South. So a Muslim Muslim will alienate his Southern home region.
I have long stated that the natural strategic allies of the Yorubas are South and Middlebelt groups that share the same Original African civilization, the four Indigenous African regions, and not the popular misconception of a Northern alliance.
Unfortunately, coloniality aka colomentality, has prevented the unity of South and Middlebelt since they are too culturallly derailed to understand that they share the same genetic and cultural origins as a bonafide civilization, proven beyond doubt by recent genetic and cultural anthropological evidence.
While the Northern Afroasiatic groups, despite being unrelated product of various Afroasiatic imperialism, they share the same origin of knowledge that is used to unite the Sokoto Caliphate of NW and Bornu emirate of NE.
Unfortunately the genetically and culturally related South and Middlebelt can’t unite two regions in their civilization, because they can’t unite their origin of knowledge which is tied to origin of humanity and their existence. Despite the fact that histories of Yoruba, Igbo, Ijaw and others are tied to Ife, their colonially inspired Pan Tribalistic perspectives and rivalry prevents an agreement on their origin of humanity, so their origin of knowledge can’t be unified, which prevents a unified political narrative from common origins to collective aspirations of restructuring to true federalism and devolution to citystates.
This lack of Southern and Middlebelt unity makes the North powerbase hegemonic, on whose platform the divided Southern groups come to beg for power that rightly belongs to them.
If our democracy had been allowed to evolve over 50yrs at a stretch, then it would become self evident to the South and Middlebelt that they need to unite to create a second and balancing powerbase against the Northern Afro-Arabic civilizational powerbase. The lack of a civilizational identity makes us vulnerable and mental and spiritual slaves of the Western civilization, disguised as universalism and modernism.
Moreso, the issue of the loss of civilizational identity goes far beyond just politically challenging the North or Western Powers. For the lack of knowledge a people perish, so like a river that forgets it’s source, we run dry social, economically, technologically and every other aspect of our collective consciousness.
For one, civilizations come in hand with civilizational goods that create a global market and economic prosperity as it extends to every other thing produce within the civilization. Before the Abrahamic epistemicide of our African civilization, kola, beads and other Ifa-Afa-Iha-Fa-Efa paraphernalia were the economic backbone of our civilization. However, the European bastardized our Ifa-Afa-Iha-Fa-Efa knowledge banks with Esu/Ekwensu, turned our kolanuts into Coca Cola, and used the profits from imitating our beads to build cities like Bristol.
The lack of a civilizational perspective prevents a global worldview and globalization of virtues and benefits of the civilization, since they are being viewed as tribal and incomplete.
Original Indigenous African civilization is based on the 16 sector African Information Retrieval System aka Ifa-Afa-Iha-Fa-Efa. Instead of bring together the compendium of history and knowledge to make a whole, we are focused on selling our ‘tribal’ heirlooms to dollar paying customers in the West. Babalawos/Dibias will rather courting the dollar paying Diaspora and Whites than unite with their ethnic neighbors across the Niger River.
A comparative analysis and unification of our episteme as a civilization will imbue a scientific approach that would enable us to decipher the encoded knowledge as science and philosophy from which we can make new civilizational goods.
An Original African civilizational perspective will also improve the work ethics and sense of belonging that will strive for global racial parity.
Until we get our Original African civilizational home and unity right, our best politicians will be bending back and grovel on the Northern Afroasiatic civilizational platforms for federal power.
Charity begins at home. Our cultural and sociopolitical leadership needs to decolonized our thinking and reverse the colonial balkanization of the Original African civilization,which was broken into West and East regions of the Southern Protectorate, and wrongly adding a third to the Northern Protectorate as the Middlebelt. They must change the wrong perspective of North and South by correctly showing that the geographic center, Abuja/South Kaduna is actually the boundary of the Original African civilization aka South.
Until then, the likes of Tinubu will be constrained as Yoruba Muslims aligned to a Muslim North whose Afroasiatic civilizational agenda is different from our Original African civilizational agenda of South and Middlebelt.