Former Anambra State Governor, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife, said if the elite allowed Nigerians to break up because of their attitude, it would be difficult for the country to come back together again.
He said it was better for Nigeria to stay together as a country than to break up, even as he decried the call for the North to get four more years after the current political dispensation.
Speaking in an interview with Saturday PUNCH, the former presidential adviser on Political Matters to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo said, â€œIf we foolishly break up this one Nigeria, it would not take long for people to beg for us to come back again, and it may be difficult.
â€œEverybody in Nigeria should want the existence of this country. Do I want â€˜One Nigeriaâ€™? Of course, yes. The problem is that some people do not accept â€˜One Nigeriaâ€™.
â€œThey claim they are born to rule. How can anybody talk about an extra four year term for the North, when since 1966, the North has dominated the leadership of Nigeria?
â€œThe North has taken more than 90 per cent of what is available in Nigeria. Therefore, I donâ€™t expect anybody who is reasonable to go and begin to analyse the number of years each president has spent.
â€œIf the number of years to rule is 100 per cent, the North has ruled for 75 per cent of the time. Everybody should be recognised as a human being and responsible to take care of the welfare of his own family. We should all have equality and the rights of the human person.â€
Ezeife also lamented that the North being in power has made Nigeria poorer, noting that the region had dominated every sphere of human life.
â€œThey did not just dominate it fairly; they created state, local government, constituencies all dominated by the North. Since then, the North has doubled the number of the local government of the South.
â€œWhy should the North want to be in power when being in power makes Nigeria poorer? There was a time the World Bank said a part of Nigeria was growing faster than the rest of the world.
â€œToday, what we hear is that Nigeria is the poverty capital of the world. Who has been in charge to make Nigeria the poverty capital of the world if not the North? Obasanjo did his best. Jonathan was doing very well before they concocted Boko Haram to pull him down.
â€œI think if the North decides that equality is too much for them to bear, then let us renegotiate and go our separate ways. That time, everybody will beg to come together again, and it will be too late,â€ he further stated.