A former Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe, wednesday stated that Nigeria would not break up despite the recent drums of war or the rumours of coup attempt.
He noted that even in the face of heightened agitations by different ethnic groups to secede, Nigeria would still remain an indivisible entity.
According to Okupe, â€œYes, again and again, there are drums of war, rumours of coups and heightened cries for separation. Yet, Nigeria will not break. I repeat as God liveth, Nigeria is not about to break up.
â€œThose who rely on what is seen physically and those who are not too knowledgeable about life may want to hold this assertion in derision.
Yet there is more than meets the eye in matters that control the affairs of nations and men.â€
The former presidential aide acknowledged that although the ingredients required to justify a dismemberment of the nation as an entity abound, like â€œinequality, injustice, nepotism, corruption, deception, sectional neglect and lack of inclusivity, mutual distrust among others, but fortunately or unfortunately it is not in the manifest destiny of this great nation to disintegrate.
â€œTo anyone who is discerning, it has been crystal clear that God has shown His guiding hand in the affairs of Nigeria since the June 12 debacle. God does not act in vain but for a purpose. It will be preposterous to assume that the purpose of Godâ€™s intervention in the affairs of Nigeria in the past 25 years is to lead us to a break up.
â€œIn truth, the Nigerian experiment or marriage is grossly imperfect and obviously not working. The Nigerian union presents some of the outstanding features of a dysfunctional marriage.
â€œThere is sustained anger, mutual contempt and distrust, lack of openness and poor communication among its component parts.â€
On the health condition of President Muhammadu Buhari, Okupe noted that it is a source of concern to all, but submitted that the North is more apprehensive in view of the previous experience with late President Yarâ€™Adua.
â€œBut they are not willing to discuss this openly. Official handling of the situation suggests sectional protectionism rather than presenting a national problem seeking a national solution. After all, this is a president loved and voted for by nearly fanatical nationwide followers. Why should his adversity be borne and protected only by a section or just a few disciples?
â€œOn the other side are those, mainly southerners, who gloat over the presidentâ€™s health challenges and cannot wait for power to be handed over to the vice president and for the latter to actually assume the full status of the president almost immediately. They rely exclusively on the provisions of the Nigerian constitution, totally ignoring the main and the central abiding political philosophy of power sharing in Nigeria.
â€œObviously, there are serious and genuine fears across the divide. But as typical of a dysfunctional union, nobody is ready or willing to discuss these fears openly or even within leadership caucuses.
â€œWhat we then get are heightened calls and counter calls for breakup of the country, calls for restructuring and official rumours of coups.â€
Okupe therefore urged Nigerians to be united and have an abiding faith in the unity of the nation. â€œThere is an urgent need to develop a national platform from which we can nurture the emergence of an elite political consensus from where we can always look at our problems as national problems and bring about unified national solutions. Then and only can our nation be on its ultimate journey to its divine destiny of greatness.â€