No one owns this country, says Professor Ben Nwabueze

By John Silas

Professor Ben Nwabueze, Chairman, Igbo Leaders of Thought (ILT) has maintained that no one owns country, Nigeria, neither individual not tribe.

According to a press statement he said “If we must disintegrate let us meet and decide how to do that. I repeat; no one owns this country; a word is enough for the wise.”

On behalf of Igbo Leaders of Thought (ILT), he warned that the command of troops in Nigeria may in the end prove to be mere cosmetic than real.

“On behalf of Igbo Leaders of Thought (ILT), I warn, like Azikiwe did for peace and sanity. The command of troops may in the end prove to be mere cosmetic than real,” the erudite constitutional lawyer warned.

In the statement, Nwabueze went down memory lane saying “About this time in 1964 Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, the Ceremonial President of the country in his characteristic manner warned of the impending calamity about to befall the country, and pleaded for a peaceful disintegration of the country rather than through battles and wars.

“It seems appropriate at this point in time to draw attention to Dr Azikiwe’s warning. Nigeria seems to be heading towards a danger of wars and disintegration that will be more tedious than those of 1967-1970. Circumstances have changed over the past fifty years and lessons ought to have been learnt. More federations have disintegrated, in fact all other federations apart from ill-conceived, ill-structured Nigeria federation.

“The social media are afloat and no one can stop them. Mercenaries and western political adventurers are all over in search of plunder and fighting. Poorly equipped nations have grown beyond their initial position and can no longer be intimidated or crushed. The next fight will not be a small encounter, but a holocaust, and that is why I am writing,” Nwabueze said.

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