Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Nigerian Census: Group Calls for Igbo Boycott

"Igbo across the seven states of the federation have been called upon to boycott the forthcoming census exercise, unless ethnicity and religion are included in the data form.

The youth-wing of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, National Union of True Igbo Movement (NUTIM), gave the directive following the refusal of the Federal Government to include those data in the form.

National President of NUTIM, Dr Samfo Nwankwo, said in Owerri, that the movement arrived at that decision at the end of its meeting held at Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital...", according to the Nigerian ThisDay
Wrong move!

Boycott of any government-initiated program has very never really worked in Nigeria, that is the simple fact. Boycotting the census is counter-productive and would amount to nothing but a great and costly miscalculation. Go with the flow and get counted, I say, and don't get carried away by the rambles and rants. Lets prove to the world that we- Nigerians- can count ourselves! We just can't afford to flunk this exercise.

An earlier post on Grandiose Parlor provides additional information on the Nigerian census and the government rationale on dropping ethnicity and religion from the survey.