The former Nigerian Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babagana Kingibe, has said that the unity of Nigeria is negotiable. ayokinews.com reports
Kingibe, who happens to be Nigeria’s envoy to Chad and the Lake Chad basin region, made this known on Saturday during The Sun Newspaper awards for 2020 in Lagos.
Citing the relationship of married couples as an example, Kingibe stated that once a party decides to opt out of a union, the party has to consider the pros and cons of his/her choice before making the final decision.
He said, “I was born in Nigeria. I was groomed in Nigeria. I believe in Nigeria. People of my generation believe in Nigeria. We have no doubt about the fact that we have no option, but Nigeria.
“However, I think that a few of my colleagues believe that the unity of Nigeria is not negotiable. Of course, it is negotiable. Even the unity of a family is negotiable. Even the constitution of husband and wife is negotiable.
“The moment either party feels this union is no longer bearable, that he or she will rather go his/her way. You help them to sit down, consider their condition after a careful and rational examination of the pros and cons of how to be married that they make the decision which suits them best.
“It is not enough to say I do not fare well where I am. So, I am going.”
Kingibe, noted that those seeking secession of from Nigeria, should sit calmly and observe the implications of exiting the union and how it would affect them in all ramifications.
He further noted that the secessionists should have it registered at the back of their minds that they would still be on Nigeria’s land, even if they finally get their wish.