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Let us divide Nigeria if it's not working, says ex-minister

31 August 2016, 13:49

Abuja - A former Minister of Education and member of the Northern Elders Forum, Professor Ango Abdullahi, has called for the division of Nigeria if the components are finding it hard to live in peace and harmony, Punch reports.

Abdullahi stated this on Tuesday in Abuja during the public presentation of two books:  Boko Haram: The Charade vs Reality and The Life and Times of Umaru Turakin Bauchi, written by a former Diplomatic Editor of the Voice of America and now visiting Professor in ABU, Zaria, Hadiza Wada.

The former Vice-Chancellor of the Ahmadu bello University, Zaria, and former Adviser on Food Security to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, also called on the Federal Government to fight the Niger Delta Avengers before fighting members of the Boko Haram sect.

He said, “The Batures (whites) have brought us together. They tried what they could before they left in 1960 to see whether this country could become a political unity that is stable because without political stability, it is impossible to stabilise any aspect of our socio-economic development. They succeeded up to a point but they were very lucky, they found our forefathers and founding fathers, who were honest.

“Take for example, India that became independent in 1948, before one or two years, Pakistan was born and in another one or two years, Bangladesh was born out of Pakistan because there had not been sufficient basis on which India would stay together in the first place and later Pakistan would stand together as Pakistan, even though they have so much in common. Bangladesh and Pakistan are Muslim countries and so on. There are so many areas of disagreement.”

This is coming a month after former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Obong Victor Attah, also said that Nigeria's unity was indeed negotiable according to News24.

Attah described the current constitution as unworkable saying that the only way the country could move forward is if it adopted a fiscal federalism approach.

- News 24


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