The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) revealed that Northern Nigeria will never support this call for division because there’ s nothing wrong with the extant structure in the country. There are the Indigenous People of Biafra in the South- East while there are agitators for the independence of the Oduduwa nation in the South- West.
The ACF spokesman, Emmanuel Yawe had an interview with SaharaReporters and said the North can never support secessionists because Nigeria is relatively okay the way it is. He said the attempts for division would only worsen the problems in the country and if care is not taken it can even lead to a civil war. Yawe said: ” There is no way any part of Nigeria will secede without a civil war.
We are so integrated that it is impossible for us to sit at a conference table and allow each part to go their ways, it’ s not possible, it’ s not a tea party, there will be war. If any part of Nigeria wants to secede, there will be war, maybe even more serious war than what we had before between 1967 and 1970. So, if anyone is calling for secession, he’ s calling for war. ”
” And we in the North fought the war to keep this country together, so it will be a contradiction for those of us who tried to stop this country from breaking up to now be engaging in activities that will break this country; we don’ t want this country to break up. Nigeria is a great country as it is. We have problems but those problems are not enough for us to break up. ”
” We believe these problems can be remedied and these problems will only be multiplied if we go into war. We love the country. We don’ t like what some people are doing with the country but for us to have come from the biggest black nation on earth, it is an honour and we should try to preserve this honour. ”
” We should try to see how we can use the resources we have to build a great world power.
The rest of Africa is looking up to us and they feel sad when we behave as if we want to break up the country they all look up to. We don’ t want the country to break up. It is better the way it is, even with all the problems. ”
Should Nigeria really be divided? what do you think about the struggle for secession?