The unity of Nigeria as a nation is an issue that must be debated in order to address lingering echoes of marginalisation.
The Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka took a frontal aim at those who maintain that Nigeria must remain as currently constituted and her unity cannot be negotiated.
“The claim that the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable is a false statement,” Mr. Soyinka said. “The right of the people to determine their future is what is non-negotiable.”
“Don’t tell me that Nigeria, as it is, is non-negotiable,” Mr. Soyinka said. “To me, that’s a fallacy.”
Some politicians and top government officials have recently asserted that Nigeria’s structure is not defective contrary to what advocates of restructuring hold.
Refering to the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo who asserted weeks ago the Muhhamed Buhari administration’s position on Nigeria as an entity.
“Our unity is not negotiable. We should make sure that we remain united in order to enjoy the resources God has blessed Nigeria with. So many nations envy what we have as a nation,” Mr. Osinbajo said while receiving Muslim leaders in the State House June 25.
But Mr. Soyinka has disagreed with Mr. Osinbajo and other proponents of the status quo like Mallam Shehu.
“Negotiation involves ensuring that there’s no marginalisation. Negotiation involves ensuring that the major components of the country are not feeding on the centre,” Mr. Soyinka said.
The professor said he believes in the unity of Nigeria, but warned those against restructuring to stop being ‘dogmatic and dictatorial’ in expressing their position.
He has also called for investigation the viral video showing the Nigeria Army dehumanisation of Biafra supporters in South East Nigeria.