Yourba and Igbos agree on Nigeria’s future for first time

Yesterday, President Muhammadu Buhari reiterated that as far he is concerned, Nigeria’s unity remained non-negotiable.

However, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Afenifere, have disagreed with President Buhari’s stance on the unity of Nigeria.

Buhari added, “Please, pass the message to the militants that one Nigeria is not negotiable. They better accept this fact.

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“The Nigerian constitution is clear as to what they should get and I assure them that there will be justice.

In a swift reaction, Afenifere reacted to President Buhari’s position on non-negotiability of Nigeria.

According to Afenifere’s National Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin, believes “The President is a sincere man but he may not be reading the mood correctly.

“The country is divided under him than before.

“Amalgamation and armed dialogue are going on all around us over the unity of Nigeria which many sections perceive has treated them unfairly.

“To continue to insist that the unity is not negotiable is aping that bird which buries its head in the sand and believes, because it is seeing nobody, it has become invisible too.”

In the same vein, Ohanaeze Youth Council, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, lined up with Afenifere’s position, saying the unity of Nigeria was negotiable.

Isiguzoro said, “We (Ohanaeze Ndigbo) believe that Nigeria’s unity is negotiable.

“The principles and structures on the co-existence of the various nationalities that make up the country should be reviewed periodically.

“At the moment, the structure that is in place is not in favor of everybody.

“Those that it is favoring are the ones who want the status quo to be maintained, but those it has not favored, like the Igbo, are open to a negotiation of the country’s unity.

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“The Igbo demanded restructuring at the last constitutional conference and we are still holding on to that demand.

“We believe Nigeria’s unity should be subject to periodic review.

“We are not calling for secession, but a periodic review of the terms of the country’s unity is necessary for peaceful coexistence, otherwise agitations for separation would continue to grow.