Secession Won’t Guarantee Our Peace, Ribadu Tells Ndigbo, Other Secessionist Groups

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David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka

A former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, has said the attainment of Biafra Republic or other secessionist struggles will not guarantee peace for Ndigbo, or any other group or region canvassing for division.

Ribadu spoke on Wednesday as a guest lecturer at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, when he delivered the institution’s pre-convocation lecture with the topic: ‘Leadership and challenges of National unity in Nigeria,’ saying the problem of Nigeria is not its heterogeneous nature, but lack of patriotism among the citizens of the country.

The former EFCC chairman stated that the problem of the country is also in its inability to get the right crop of leaders, saying that this leadership inadequacy has contributed to compounding the nation’s problems, from widening the parochial divisions among its citizens to active participation in plundering the nation’s patrimony.

He said: “For years of our existence as a country, we have grappled with several challenges. There is mutual suspicion and ethnic jingoism that has deprived us of reason, sense of justice and fairness. We laugh and hug in public and plot against each other when we retire to our ethno-religious enclave.
“Clearly, our challenges of nationhood are linked to the inadequacies of some of our leaders at all levels. It is the leaders that chart and navigate the way for the flocks to follow, and it is the leader’s action, inaction and body language that dictate the tune for the dance steps of the public.”
He advised those clamouring for secession as the only solution to their problem to think deeply, saying if the problem of Nigeria were its heterogeneous nature, countries like Somalia and South Sudan which are mostly same religion, culture and tradition would have known peace.

“Exclusive ethnic identities are inventions of our political elites. On the basis of the argument of those who scorn diversity, Somalia ought to be a model country of unity, growth, and development. Almost all its population are Muslims, and speak a language. But what is the reality on ground?
“Let us look at South Sudan. Before it broke away from Sudan, the assumption was that it would know more stability, prosperity and unity after independence in 2011. But the country has continued to suffer ethnic violence and has been in civil war since 2013,” he stated.

Ribadu, while offering solution to the problems of the country, said only the right kind of leaders and belief in the country would help heal it again. He eulogised Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, whom the institution was named after, saying it was in his wisdom that he insisted on the unity of the country.
The former EFCC chairman described him as a man who exemplified the unity of the country, having been born in Zungeru, Niger State (North) of Igbo parents (East), but succeeded in dominating the politics of Lagos (West) for a long time.

“Our continued existence, I make bold to say, therefore, as one indivisible entity, very much depends on how we decide to be each other’s keeper. We should consciously refuse to give in to the weight of that which divides us.
“Rather, we should celebrate our togetherness, which, I believe far outweighs whatever differences we have. We must resist all temptations by enemies of our collective progress, and resist the influence of hate mongers, be it politicians of religious leaders,” Ribadu said.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Joseph Ahaneku, said the pre-convocation lecture topic is apt, and no one could best do justice to it than a man of Ribadu’s standing.
He eulogised him as a firm leader who is known for his stand on matters pertaining to corruption.
Nnamdi Azikiwe University has been engaged in activities marking its 11th convocation, which is a weeklong event.
The VC had on Tuesday presented prizes to 70 best graduating students of the institution for the 2015/2016 academic year, 39 of which he said are female students.
He said most of the girls were offering courses hitherto thought to be male dominated, and yet were topping their classes.

Ahaneku said: “Some of the girls are even doing courses like engineering, and are also doing well, they are part of the people we are presenting prizes to today. In Nnamdi Azikiwe University, we have a culture of celebrating excellence. We do this to encourage and spur up other students.”

Ahaneku had earlier unveiled a former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, as one of the three persons the university would be conferring honourary doctorate degrees on.
He said Nnamani would be honoured for distinguishing himself in office and his role in maintaining peace in Nigeria.
The other two are Alhaji Shehu Malami, a former Nigerian Ambassador to South Africa, and Mr. Clement Nwogbo, an entrepreneur with diverse interests in telecommunication and power infrastructure.

  • vincentumenyiora

    THIS IS THE VERSION YOUR READERS NEED TO STUDY CAREFULLY, folks!

    “Que Sera, Sera” – Priestley Okorro; I said it already that come what may the Igbos can never be na n’jor afia you have to think about the myth in their psychological resolve from tome vis-a-vis that £20.00 conspiracy you tell me where else in history did that policy arrived at even for the Germans and the Japanese after the World Wars suggesting that there is somethings – a ‘vale/ tarpaulin’ over this people thus – “Who that looks to this unhappy bondage of an unhappy people, in the midst of our society, and thinks of its incidents or issues, but weeps over it as a curse as great upon him who inflicts as upon him who suffers it? Sir, you may place the (Igbos) where you please – you may dry up, to your uttermost the fountains of their feelings, the springs of their thought – you may close up on their mind every avenue of knowledge, and cloud it over with artificial nights – you may yoke them to your labors, as the ox, which ‘liveth’ only to work and ‘worketh’ only to live – you may put them under any process which, without destroying their value as a slave (human being) will debase and crush them as a rational being – you may do all this, and the idea that they are born to be free (human) will survive it all! It is allied to the hope of immortality – it is the ethereal part of his nature which oppression/ envy cannot rend! It is a torch lit up in their souls by the hand of ‘Deity’, and never meant to be extinguished by the hand of men or mortal foe” we can find ways to survive such harsh measures/ policies – a fact exemplified in the growth in the federal Capital Abuja!

    Just to add that Mr. Ribadu doesn’t appear to know what the tribe Igbo is made up of unlike (in comparison to) all the citations he made in his delivery lecture – he doesn’t know much about Igbo psychology, which derives from that ‘Deity’ “Igbo ama Eze from time immemorial making them ‘Republicans’ – a group of people given only £20 old Nigerian Pound after the civil war and coming from the ‘ashes’ of the war without the agreed reconstruction program as was the case for America after their own Civil war, even as we speak about the ‘destruction’ in the North East consider the difference in the concerns, folks! I’ll suggest that we let the sleeping dog to ;ie as the saying goes and pray that good understanding will prevail over what the problems are in Nigeria’s ‘cacophony’ of errors or mistakes about the political therefore, the economic structure of Nigeria!

    Ribadu spoke on Wednesday as a guest lecturer at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, when he delivered the institution’s pre-convocation lecture with the topic: ‘Leadership and challenges of National unity in Nigeria,’ saying the problem of Nigeria is not its heterogeneous nature, but lack of patriotism among the citizens of the country.
    The former EFCC chairman stated that the problem of the country is also in its inability to get the right crop of leaders, saying that this leadership inadequacy has contributed to compounding the nation’s problems, from widening the parochial divisions among its citizens to active participation in plundering the nation’s patrimony.

    He said: “For years of our existence as a country, we have grappled with several challenges. There is mutual suspicion and ethnic jingoism that has deprived us of reason, sense of justice and fairness. We laugh and hug in public and plot against each other when we retire to our ethno-religious enclave.]

    I want to say that about the problems of Nigeria political and economic, you people have not come to quite comprehend it properly! I proffered solutions for Nigeria’s political problems as early as 1986/7 up to 1992 for the 1993 elections in that moribund ‘Option A-4’ solution annulled under IBB in 1993 June 12th elections and, essentially (surprisingly) the solutions are still potent as exemplified in 2015 elections that brought Buhari’s APC party to the seat of government and it is playing out in the corruption exercise or policy although with slow and mingled applications not quite allied with my recommendations! To say that the issues about politicking and participation in Nigeria’s case has not been critically studied or looked into – there should be a case study undertaken indeed in the case of Nigeria!

    Yes, Dr. Zik and the rest of them about Nigeria, the question you have avoided all these years, and so the researchers need to take the challenge up, is: How compatible are the ‘ethnicities’ in Nigeria likely to integrate (be integrated – i. e. the miscegenation likely) vide education, versatility of the mind, willingness or disposition to accommodate those outside his ethnic and religious affiliation/ belief – I am thinking about the psychologies of the people you are dealing with about earthly things/ matters! In my thinking persons like Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Nelson Mandela and Dr. Zik immediately come to mind all of whom were very de-tribalized leaders of India and Africa! I mean, with the kind of humiliation both Dr. Zik had in the Western Region and Mandela in South Africa Zik was still disposed to grant Chief O. Awolowo a reprieve to spend his prison term in Calabar Eastern Region then against what his (Awolowo’s) political enemies wished for him in that infamous ‘treasonable felony case against him and in Mandela the World saw the effect or revival of that proverbial – “Father forgive them for they know not what they were doing or did!” And my people said of the ‘Cockerel’ never forgets the person who plucked the feathers on its tail so as to save it the predicament of ‘rain season decease!’ So, the much I can say is to direct your attention to my productions in my website; http://www.virgo-enterprised.com in the hope that if you follow the recommendations or can produce something of that nature as prospective leadership, Nigeria and indeed Africa could well be anticipatory that before long their minds could be deplete/ divorced of what the theme of this lecture is about! Incidentally we see the saying – “What goes round often comes around!” playing out in differing forms now in Nigeria – in the North East, in the PDP structure and soon it’ll catch up with APC soon as M. Buhari leaves office, going by its formation, folks!

    What you need for Nigeria like I said it already early enough, is to consider how to get round with the Confab recommendations incorporating my political leadership solution submitted to the SGF’s and Senate President’s Offices on 2nd February 2015 and going back to my 1988 book – “Nigeria – survival or disintegration! mu suggestion for percentage pr proportional representations in the States all that, if you can achieve them will no doubt afford you the semblance of a truly well structured Nigeria for political and economic growth!

    We know about revolutions and how it has been utilized to wok on people’s minds the ones that stand out to mind are the French and the Chinese used by the leaders then to not only shape but to mobilize the people irrespective of their ethnic groups what you pi cannot think about in present Nigeria or indeed for Africa in her present settings! I must stop here and to remind your guest speaker – Ribadu that he has copy of my book – “How to get at your government and influence it!” handed to him and Dr. Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili at the Queen Elizabeth II Center Victoria Street London! Nigerian government is using the book – a copy handed over to it and one to Sen. Ken Nnamani as you pontificate the problems about leadership for Nigeria, folks!

    Finally can somebody ask Nuhu Ribadu when it is likely that an Igbo person will become the President of Nigeria in the present setting or formation and incidentally I handed in a solution for this on 2nd February 2015 to the (SGF) at Abuja’s office yet not acknowledged to date, and we are talking about corruption and fairness in Nigeria, folks!!

  • vincentumenyiora

    “Que Sera, Sera” – Priestley Okorro; I said it already that come what may the Igbos can never be na n’jor afia you have to think about the myth in their psychological resolve from tome vis-a-vis that £20.00 conspiracy you tell me where else in history did that policy arrived at even for the Germans and the Japanese after the World Wars suggesting that there is somethings – a ‘vale/ tarpaulin’ over this people thus – “Who that looks to this unhappy bondage of an unhappy people, in the midst of our society, and thinks of its incidents or issues, but weeps over it as a curse as great upon him who inflicts as upon him who suffers it? Sir, you may place the (Igbos) where you please – you may dry up, to your uttermost the fountains of their feelings, the springs of their thought – you may close up on their mind every avenue of knowledge, and cloud it over with artificial nights – you may yoke them to your labors, as the ox, which ‘liveth’ only to work and ‘worketh’ only to live – you may put them under any process which, without destroying their value as a slave (human being) will debase and crush them as a rational being – you may do all this, and the idea that they are born to be free (human) will survive it all! It is allied to the hope of immortality – it is the ethereal part of his nature which oppression/ envy cannot rend! It is a torch lit up in their souls by the hand of ‘Deity’, and never meant to be extinguished by the hand of men or mortal foe” we can find ways to survive such harsh measures/ policies – a fact exemplified in the growth in the federal Capital Abuja!

  • KWOY

    1. Now aware that Buhari has become incapacitated, northern politicians have started invading Igboland in the race for 2019…sponsoring 25,000 youth rallies & holding convocation lectures!

    2. That said, who told Ribadu Igbos want Biafra because of their homogeniety?
    3. Again, are Somalia & South Sudan the only homogenoues countries he knows? He probably does not know about Germany, Scotland, Finland, etc!
    4. Just like the French support for one Nigeria is not about Nigerians but about the gas pipelines they are laying from Nigeria through Morrocco to Europe, Ribadu lecture is not about the Igbo.
    5. Igbos had existed for thousands of years b4 Nigeria was created in Berlin by colonial Europe, d4 do not owe its existence to association with any group, moreso diabolical races like the one from where Ribadu comes!
    6. If I forget you oh Biafra, let my right hand wither!!

  • kalu9909

    Ribadu is a northern intellectual, who has served this nation in many capacity as a police officer and corruption fighter. But he may really not understand what unity stands for in the context it should be because Nigeria has not experienced any unity since our independence. Our leaders have never sat down to ask questions, why has unity eluded us? Even when they knew, they will not say the truth as being elucidated here by Ribadu. He knows why there is no peace, unity and development in Nigeria, but he is side tracking in order not to offend his brothers in the north. He has joined the league of those who think that secession is the end of any nation. Secession of the ibos from Nigeria does not bring to an end the existence of Nigeria. Nigeria would continue to exist after the exit of the unwanted ibos. Secession is regarded as a means of giving life to those who has been committed to death. When you deny a man his right of freedom, he is as much as dead. The ibos are living dead in Nigeria. Oppression and suppression kills a man before his time. Many ibos have died without achieving their potentials because Nigerian state has deprived them the avenue to achieve their potential. The potential of the ibos have been buried in the grave of bigotry and mediocrity. It is wrong for Ribadu to say that the independence of Biafra would not guaranty peace and unity. That is an assumption of a an man who wants to hold his servant down. Why not grant the quest for freedom and watch them closely to ascertain if peace would elude the new Biafran Republic?

  • Olisa

    The problem with Nigeria is so obvious that it should not take an intellectual to figure it out yet Ribadu is identifying the symptom of a problem to be the cause.

  • Marcus Ijele

    Why is the North so much against secession,? Simple; they can not survive without the South. Let no body deceive himself or herself that it is love for the country, Never. It is not. It is because they have nothing to survive on. Stupid parasites.

  • vincentumenyiora

    Just to add that Mr. Ribadu doesn’t appear to know what the tribe Igbo is made up of unlike (in comparison to) all the citations he made in his delivery lecture – he doesn’t know much about Igbo psychology, which derives from that ‘Deity’ “Igbo ama Eze from time immemorial making them ‘Republicans’ – a group of people given only £20 old Nigerian Pound after the civil war and coming from the ‘ashes’ of the war without the agreed reconstruction program as was the case for America after their own Civil war, even as we speak about the ‘destruction’ in the North East consider the difference in the concerns, folks! I’ll suggest that we let the sleeping dog to ;ie as the saying goes and pray that good understanding will prevail over what the problems are in Nigeria’s ‘cacophony’ of errors or mistakes about the political therefore, the economic structure of Nigeria!

  • Netanyahu

    Teacher no teach me your nonsense. My simple question to Ribadu and his likes, why do you want Ibos to remain in Nigeria as it is presently constituted and administered? Is it because you love them so much or what? If you are looking for slaves, go to the south waste that are ready to tolerate your arrogant, violent, domineering jihadist disposition. Not Ibos.

  • guy

    If since the independent of this Zoo called Nigeria, “we laugh and hug in public and plot against each other when we retire to our ethno-religious enclave” then that indicates that we are not one, and will never unite as one. And remember God created this entity with different languages,culture etc but one man who said his name is lord lugard forcefully, mistakely and faultly amalgamated it to become one country. Since then things began to fall apart. You don’t expect ndigbo to remained in a zoo called Nigeria where they regarded as enemy for more than forty -five years. In a nutshell one cannot remain on okra soup every year, he should try egusi soup too. You talk about Sudan base on what you read on pages of newspaper what about the Soviet union etc.

  • Jon West

    Why is every Northerner frightened to death of secession of the oil producing areas? These hedonistic vermin, living off the sweat and resources of others, are really sleepless in trepidation of having to work for a Iiving.

    The anti-corruption czar, who eloped with the wife of his host in the USA in 2008, is not in a position to preach morality, nation-building and all that politically correct Nigerian nonsense to anybody, like his mentor the Ota Ape always does. The Nigerian experiment is over and is being kept active by force and intimidation.

    However, the former Yugoslavia is a pointer about the futility of enforced national unity. Slobodan Milosevic, the Serbian ultra-nationalist, also espoused the inviolability of the unity of Yugoslavia, which benefitted his majority Serb ethnic group, but we all know how the game ended, and how the Serbs are now the lowest performers out of the Phoenix states that rose from the ashes of the former Yogoslavia. The North of Nigeria is destined for the same fate and that is the source of all this angst.

    As for the South Sudan, yes the developments are a great disappointment as were the developments in Bangladesh after seperation from Pakistan. However, none of the two warring ethnicities in South Sudan regret the formation of the country or has shown any interest in reconstituting the Sudan. They will get it right like the Bangladeshis did ,and the states that will evolve from a dead Nigeria will do, after initial teething problems.
    To hell with Nigeria!!!

  • vincentumenyiora

    Look -Joe, I discovered that the part problems you people have in Nigeria is being unable to think properly and incisively also! If you have time read my comment carefully and log onto the website showing and see the quantum of work in that web surely you’ll see what I mean forget Yar’Adua’s case; it’s in the past tense now what I am talking about is the present and the future of Nigeria! How I wished your governments and advisers took to my solutions and suggestions that early! A separation of some form will undoubtedly help matters in Nigeria since you’re not the kind of homogeneity and universally educated/ oriented in the sense I proposed it, that could bring about the kind of miscegenation desirable for Nigeria! Find time and read the website properly -chum!

  • Okariauke

    Malam please how do we make the citizens patriotic and how do we get good leaders? I am very sure you know why the citizens are not patriotic and why good leaders has eluded us. Solve the problem and no one will talk of seceedeing.

  • vincentumenyiora

    [Ribadu spoke on Wednesday as a guest lecturer at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, when he delivered the institution’s pre-convocation lecture with the topic: ‘Leadership and challenges of National unity in Nigeria,’ saying the problem of Nigeria is not its heterogeneous nature, but lack of patriotism among the citizens of the country.

    The former EFCC chairman stated that the problem of the country is also in its inability to get the right crop of leaders, saying that this leadership inadequacy has contributed to compounding the nation’s problems, from widening the parochial divisions among its citizens to active participation in plundering the nation’s patrimony.

    He said: “For years of our existence as a country, we have grappled with several challenges. There is mutual suspicion and ethnic jingoism that has deprived us of reason, sense of justice and fairness. We laugh and hug in public and plot against each other when we retire to our ethno-religious enclave.]

    I want to say that about the problems of Nigeria political and economic, you people have not come to quite comprehend it properly! I proffered solutions for Nigeria’s political problems as early as 1986/7 up to 1992 for the 1993 elections in that moribund ‘Option A-4’ solution annulled under IBB in 1993 June 12th elections and, essentially (surprisingly) the solutions are still potent as exemplified in 2015 elections that brought Buhari’s APC party to the seat of government and it is playing out in the corruption exercise or policy although with slow and mingled applications not quite allied with my recommendations! To say that the issues about politicking and participation in Nigeria’s case has not been critically studied or looked into – there should be a case study undertaken indeed in the case of Nigeria!

    Yes, Dr. Zik and the rest of them about Nigeria, the question you have avoided all these years, and so the researchers need to take the challenge up, is: How compatible are the ‘ethnicities’ in Nigeria likely to integrate (be integrated – i. e. the miscegenation likely) vide education, versatility of the mind, willingness or disposition to accommodate those outside his ethnic and religious affiliation/ belief – I am thinking about the psychologies of the people you are dealing with about earthly things/ matters! In my thinking persons like Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Nelson Mandela and Dr. Zik immediately come to mind all of whom were very detribalised leaders of India and Africa! I mean, with the kind of humiliation both Dr. Zik had in the Western Region and Mandela in South Africa Zik was still disposed to grant Chief O. Awolowo a reprieve to spend his prison term in Calabar Eastern Region then against what his (Awolow’s) political enemies wished for him in that infamous ‘treasonable felony case against him and in Mandela the World saw the effect or revival of that proverbial – “Father forgive them for they know not what they were doing or did!” So, the much I can say is to direct your attention to my production in my website; http://www.virgo-enterprised.com in the hope that if you follow the recommendations or can produce sonthing of that nature as prospective leadership, Nigeria and indeed Africa could well be anticipatory that before long their minds could be devoiced of what the theme of this lecture is about!

    We know about revolutions and how it has been utilised to wok on people’s minds the ones that stand out to mind are the French and the Chinese used by the leaders then to not only shape but to mobilize the people irrespective of their ethnic groups what you pi cannot think about in present Nigeria or indeed for Africa in her present settings! I must stop here and to remind your guest speaker – Ribadu that he has copy of my book – “How to get at your government and influence it!” handed to him and Dr. Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili at the Queen Elizabeth II Center Victoria Street London! Nigerian government is using the book – a copy handed over to it and one to Sen. Ken Nnamani as you pontificate the problems about leadership for Nigeria, folks!

    Finally can somebody ask Ribadu when it is likely that an Igbo person will become the President of Nigeria in the present setting or formation and incidentally I handed in a solution for this on 2nd February 2015 to the (SGF) at Abuja’s office yet not acknowledged to date, folks! ,

    • Joe

      Nonsense. They told us in 2015 that buhari is the messiah sent to save Nigeria. Is buhari no more messiah again?. A man that God rejected three times, and Tinubu because of greed brought a sick man just like his former brother Yar’Adua.

      • Uzomah Ezihe

        WERE IS JOE IGBOKWE? AM SURE WERE EVER HE IS NOW HE WILL BE LICKING HIS WOUND WITH TINUBU, TO MALAM RIBADU YOU SAID WE LAUGH AND HUG IN PUBLIC BUT INSIDE US WE DON’T HAVE THAT PATROTISM, HAVE YOU LISTEN TO SADUANA OF SOKOTO SPEECH ABOUT WHAT HE SAID ABOUT THE IBOS WHEN HE WAS ALIVE, WHY ARE ALL OF YOU THAT CALL YOUR SELF NIGERIAN ARE COMING TO BIAFRAN LAND TALKING ABOUT ONE NIGERIA, YOUR FRIEND THE BABOON OF OTTA MR OBASANJO CAME LAST MONTH IN BIAFRAN LAND OFFERING SO CALLED IGBO PRESIDENCY TO OUR PEOPLE AND SO CALLED ONE NIGERIA . WE ARE GOING HOME TO DEVOLOPE OUR COUNTRY. NIGERIA IS A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY. WE DON’T WANT NIGERIA. WE ARE NOT INDIGENOUSE YOU KNOW IT I KNOW IT. DON’T COME TO LECTURE US, WE ARE WISER THAN YOU. MR RIBADU YOU FAIL LECTURE THE PEOPLE ABOUT HEADSMEN KILLING PEOPLE EVERY WHERE. OIL AND GAS WILL KILL ALL OF YOU. JAPAN DOSEN’T HAVE OIL, TAIWAN, DUBAI,HONK KONG,MALAYSIA, AND MANY MANY OTHER COUNTRIES DONT FEED ON OIL, YOU PEOPLE ARE LAZY AND WICKED AND HIDING UNDER ONE NIGERIA. WE HAVE COME TO EXPOSE ALL YOUR INEPTITUDE.

    • Priestley Okorro

      There is no hope for Nigeria. The election of Buhari portends the end of Nigeria. Nigeria never got independence from Britain. The so called independence was transition to the neo colonial phase. That is why Kerry only visited Buhari and the Caliphate. The Caliphate is the house slave of the the British Demon. That is why the wasted PM – Cameron was against referendum for Biafra but did not fight Scottish referendum.

  • Don Franco

    Nuhu Ribadu was a good policeman in the spirit and power of Elliot Ness; but his politics and political opinion leaves a lot to be desired. He is a bad and unaccomplished politician. He is definitely unqualified to advise the the SE about the verities of unity in Nigeria, maybe he should take a take a look in the mirror about why unity has continued to elude Nigeria, as one country. South South oil is the only reason that Nigeria still exist as one country, Ribadu needs to admit that.
    How can you have a united Nigeria when the federal government has a quota system in place that specifically reward mediocrity, and punish excellence? When the state Governors in the North continue to implement Sharia law over the Nigerian Constitution, just last week, the Kano and Niger State governments paraded southerners whom were arrested for selling and drinking alcohol, can you imagine that in this day and age?
    Ribadu’s examples of Somalia, Rwanda and Southern Sudan as homogeneous countries that hasn’t worked is NOT apposite in view of the fact that Somalia is bedeviled by Al-Shabab a Boko Haram type fundamentalism such as we have in the Northeast, not tribal politics or domination like the North has imposed in Nigeria since 1960. Ribadu should tell us why there are no Christian religious terrorist groups seeking to carve out or forcibly enforce their values on muslims or traditional African believers? The civil unrest in South Sudan was expressly induced by Khartoum to destabilize that new country, in the hope that elements within South Sudan will start to agitate to rejoin Sudan, with their oil in tow; Salva Kiir has said as much, this again is not a reason why a race of people must be forced to remain part of a republic they want nothing to do with. Finally, Rwanda, if anything, is a classic example of European induced genocide by the Hutu whom for two centuries were relegated to second class citizens on the basis of their afrocentric facial features; no different from how relegation and hatred of the Igbo is the uniting factor of the other tribal groups in Nigeria.
    All in all, Quota System, Religious Intolerance, Tribalism and Mediocrity are the reasons for the agitation by the SE. Ribadu should be aware that smaller countries work better and more efficiently in Africa, compare Botswana and South Africa, or Nigeria and Ghana; big size and 2,500 heterogeneous tribal groups can be the undoing of a country.

  • Daniel Obior

    Malam Ribadu, secession will provide better justice and equity. Nothing can guarantee peace. Chances of peace are far better, when there is justice and equity. It makes no sense holding back those who want self actualisation.

  • American

    This long neck talking rubbish in my place. I blame those who invited him

    • ifeanyi victor

      Na that VC of unizik,hee doesn’t behave like mbaise man.