Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has faulted the position of the government on the basis that the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable.
Soyinka stated emphatically that Nigerians, indeed, can negotiate the unity of their country as part of measures for addressing complains of marginalisation by citizens.
The Nobel Laureate said this when he joined the Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson to commission a new high school in Kaiama, over the weekend. His words: “Don’t tell me that Nigeria, as it is, is non-negotiable. To me, that’s a fallacy.”
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo had stated a fortnight ago, “Our unity is not negotiable. We should make sure that we remain united in order to enjoy the resources God has blessed Nigeria with. So many nations envy what we have as a nation”.
In sharp disagreement with this position, Soyinka maintained, “The claim that the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable is a false statement. The right of the people to determine their future is what is non-negotiable. Negotiation involves ensuring that there’s no marginalisation. Negotiation involves ensuring that the major components of the country are not feeding on the centre”.
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