The former Senate minority chief, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe has acknowledged Nigeria is on the purpose of collapse.
The senator acknowledged solely a revolution or total overhaul of the nation can save her from collapsing.
Speaking as a customer lecturer on the second Archbishop Maxwell Anikwenwa annual public lecture in Paul University, Awka, Anambra State, the senator who quoted late musician, Sunny Okosun’s observe – which technique Nigeria, acknowledged 38 years after the observe, Okosun’ would have been shocked if he was nonetheless alive to witness how rather a lot the nation has slid.
Handling the theme: Nigeria at crossroads – which technique forward, Abaribe acknowledged: “The technique Nigeria is in the interim besides there is a revolution or a total overhaul of every aspect of the system, not even Angels descending from heaven can salvage the situation. We are tethering on the purpose of total collapse.
“I shall not dwell an extreme quantity of on historic previous as there exists in the interim, too many sensitivities and proclivities that one ought to think about in approaching this topic. Opinions and allegiances have become so convoluted that there is hardly a central desk on which to place this discourse for all South Easterners, to not converse of all Nigerians to participate freely in it.
“Very few parts of the story of our country are agreed upon by the different ethnic groups as to the role of their forebears. Of course, the aversion to history by our government led to stopping the teaching of history in our schools. It is now being restored by some state governments.”
He mentioned that the extent of ethnic sentiments and tribalism inside the nation was horrifying and that the suspicion amongst ethnic groups might come technique once more from the post-independence days.
He moreover decried the extent of injustice meted out to Igbo people of the South East nonetheless urged them to remain forthright and fight for themselves as they have no totally different nation nonetheless Nigeria.
“Just like an obstinate nonetheless ill-suited couple struggling to cohabit, the nation has waddled on by the parliamentary system of presidency, to the present presidential system.
“We have moved from 12 states immediately after the warfare to 19, then 26, 30 and now 36 plus FCT. We nonetheless have not found peace. The South East Zone is unfairly made up of solely 5 states. It has not helped Nigeria.
“Despite the efforts of every military and civilian leaders we seem to have moved headlong proper right into a ditch principally as a result of contradictions we have got been unable to resolve.
“Today, each factor seems to have come to a head and the temptation is to place in writing off Nigeria as a failed state. Agitations have adopted agitations in Nigeria, from every nook. Nigerians are nonetheless caught on this contraption which appears to constrict our organs steadily to the aim, the place like George Floyd, we’re not ready to breathe.
“It used to be fashionable to ascribe agitations to the South East and Ndigbo. However, on August 15, 2022, Prof. Banji Akintoye renowned historian and leader of the Yoruba self-determination group “Ilana Omo Odua” in an open letter to President Buhari acknowledged to him, “Let my people go”!
“Instructively, they’re moreover the an identical grouse of Niger Delta militants, IPOB and totally different sundry militant groups unfold all through Nigeria.
“Having seen various shortcomings no matter our collective efforts to evolve a Nigerian nation that works for everyone, many Nigerians thought that the approaching of the APC authorities in 2015 will usher in a model new vista for Nigeria.
“In interrogating how we purchased to this present sorry cross, let me use the template of the present APC authorities that they used to return into office in 2015.
“At that time they promised to revive Nigeria on three most essential planks – Corruption, Security, and Economy.
“Being with you today in Paul University an academic environment, I believe that you assess or grade a student on his performance. Therefore, we cannot use any other measure to certify that a student has done well to be adjudged qualified in “character and learning”!”
Abaribe used newest headlines of nationwide dailies on insecurity, sleaze, failing financial system and totally different oddities to buttress his stage that Nigeria was progressively collapsing.
Proffering choices to the difficulty of the nation, Abaribe urged Ndigbo to start dealing with the elephant inside the room sooner than pondering of the broader nation.
“In discussing the best way by which forward for Nigeria, we first ought to deal with the large elephant inside the room about Ndigbo and Nigeria.
“That the present Nigerian authorities has made weaponization of nepotism its by-word and foresworn justice and equity for Ndigbo and others in Nigeria is simply not enough for us to reject Nigeria. By the reality that Ndigbo are the 2nd largest group after the indigenous inhabitants in all parts of Nigeria signifies that we have got invested and proceed to place cash into Nigeria.
“What Ndigbo want in Nigeria is a nation that works for all of the place everybody appears to be dealt with equally. We ought to observe that the resurgence of Biafra actions and neo- Biafran sentiments in Igboland is the consequence of exclusion from the centre of Ndigbo by the present authorities of Nigeria
“We need to turn Ala Igbo into the productive engine of Nigeria with our God-given talents and make the Southeast the Catalonia and Bavaria of Nigeria. This oasis of production will now be the driver of economic development of Nigeria since we have what is better than oil, our human resources.”