Nigeria unity is negotiable – Prof. Ango Abdullahi declared

By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna


Northern Elders Forum (NEF) chairman and former Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria Vice Chancellor Prof. Ango Abdullahi has said that the unity of Nigeria can be renegotiate after many years of the country’s existence with retrogression instead of progressions.

He made the disclosure at the ongoing interactive session of Aerwa Joint Committee with presidential candidates of the People’s Redemption Party (PRP) Kola Abiola and others in Kaduna on Saturday.

“I don’t accept that Nigeria’s unity is not negotiable. I think there must be a time when we shall negotiate or renegotiate the basis of unity of Nigeria”, he said.

The northern elder also expressed lamentation that the country has not make the progress it ought to have made since 1962 years of independence and sought to know from the PRP presidential candidates if the people or the system is the problem.

He said the country’s parliamentary system of government of 1960 to 1966 had done better than the presidential system of government current running in the country for many more years.
According to him, the country’s national assembly then were denied opportunity to debate the merit and demerit of Parliamentary and President system of government with a view to make a change.

He also lamented that rather than allowed to go on with the debate, they were simply asked to go and borrow Presidential system of government; either that of French model or American model, but it’s not working for the country.

Ango noted that the presidential system of government has done the worst in Nigeria than good, pointing out that there general believe that the country has far below that it should done over 60 or 70 years since after independence.
Prof. Ango said he attended about three National constitutional conference in the country, adding that from all their discussions with other ethnics nationality representative, it was clear that the country is so divided. People, he are now asking for true democratic system that’ll provide devolution of power.
In he’s response, Kola Abiola who blamed the country leadership overtime said himself and his vice today represented true Nigeria who believed in the county’s unity and provide quality leadership that would lead to viable economy and human capital development.
He said his father stake his life and died for the country, saying he will not support anything that would compromised the unity if the Nigeria.

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