Going with the simple definition of a nation as “a community of people sharing a common history, language etc., and living in a particular territory under one government”. It was very clear, that Nigeria, by virtue of her varied composite nature and contemporary history, did not fit into this definition.
Otherwise, Lagos and Ogun, being natural coastal states, should have been included in the union of “Coastal states”. Therefore, the exclusion of the two oil producing states of Abia and Imo is another affront on the Igbo. And another insincere effort towards nation-building.
A Lagos-Onitsha rail-link will undoubtedly emerge one of the busiest commercial routes in West-Africa, and will attract revenues to the government through commercial haulage. It is baffling to see new rail links constructed in areas that could be best described as “cow-towns”, misplacing the economic priorities of an administration in search of new avenues of revenue generation. Such economically nonviable rail links only end up aiding the distribution of destitute nation wide; worsening the nuisance on Nigerian cities, and on the civil society in general.