Written by Emmanuel Ogbeche

Nigeria a bad marriage not working well – Agbakoba

A former president of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, has described Nigeria as a bad marriage that was not working well.

The human rights activist who is among those who fought for the actualisation of the June 12, 1993 presidential election mandate of late Chief M.K.O. Abiola, said there was need for dialogue on the war forward for the country.

“The first thing we need to do is that we need to hold a conversation about where we want to go as a country. I am likening Nigeria to a bad marriage where the couple have to sit down and resolve what is not working,” Agbakoba told Vanguard Newspapers in an interview.

“We have to agree whether this marriage of ethnic nationalities will work or not. It can’t be by force. The notion that Nigeria’s unity is not questionable is wrong. It is not correct. So we have to ask that question: ‘Do we really want to have this country called Nigeria?’ If no, let’s resolve how to discuss issues. Yugoslavia as a nation back then was split into six countries and they are all doing very well in the European Union now.”

The senior lawyer faulted the policy on which Nigeria was operating on, describing it as ‘wrong.’

“The biggest test and challenge for us is to say that the policy by which Nigeria, a very fragile country, is kept together by the fault of ours is a wrong policy. It does not provide for our democracy that the only reason we are Nigerians is by force. If we remove the force, how many people truly want to be Nigerians?

“And then, if majority choose not to be Nigerians, then we have to ask, what is the number? I think we all would like to be Nigerians after many years of our marriage. I think we need to rewind Nigeria and that is what some people call ‘restructuring.’”



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