During Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, his feud with his kinsman, Rotimi Amaechi, caused a lot of fracas in the nation. During the time of Obafemi Awolowo, he also faced confrontation not mainly from others, but from Akintola who was a member of his own house. Talk of an Ibrahim Babangida who dethroned his fellow northerner, Muhammadu Buhari, in 1987. And I remember Abraham Lincoln saying that a house divided against itself cannot stand. So why should we secede when our various houses are not even in order. We will not only be making a wrong decision but will have successfully created shaky countries, porous territories and vulnerable institutions.
Come to think of it, is it not the same calibre of corrupt leaders that will eventually become rulers if we secede. Talk of Ayodele Fayose who is known for misconduct and misbehaviour or a Rochas Okorocha who was reported by the Vanguard on August 24, 2016 to have constructed a road that did not last for 2 weeks. No matter how much we fight at the fore front fueling the fire fractioning Nigeria, our story will still be written in the ink of Godfatherism. The Godfathers will only serve as unforgiving gods to the masses and pampering fathers to the corrupt elite. So why not fight corruption as one nation rather than suffer from it in fractions. Let us not be like South Sudan who thought that they were ripe enough to leave the Sudanese family tree, only to fall on the soil of catastrophe. Let us not pay heed to the preachers of secession because united as Nigerians we stand and divided through secession we shall fall.
I remember the Nigeria that was undividable even with the aftermath of a civil war. I still remember the Nigeria that stood together to fight Ebola. Oh it is still fresh in my memories how our unity proved wrong America’s prediction of Nigeria’s extinction by 2015. So I restate my stand that let us all unite and stand against secession. For we are the little drops of water whose contribution of our quota will make a mighty ocean.
Ladies and gentlemen, the list of my convictions against secession is almost endless. But for the sake of today’s event, I will like to send each and every one of us an urgent message. Next time… just next time you see Clifford, Musa and Agbabiaka, tell them to remove their resources from the building and they will see that they have nothing. But if they choose to live in at least one of the rooms of the building, they will discover that they have something not just as property, but an identity to live for, fight for, and die for.
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