All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain Bola Tinubu has warned that Nigeria stands the risk of experiencing another war if it breaks up.
There have been agitations in the South-East and South-West for the country’s break-up for separate nations — Biafra and Oduduwa respectively.
Tinubu, however, discouraged it, saying Nigeria cannot afford another war, considering the lasting effects the Nigeria civil war of 1967-1970 has had on the country.
The former Lagos governor, who spoke at a special Ramadan prayer held in the state on Sunday, said:
“God will not allow Nigeria to experience it (war). If we say Nigeria should separate, people should remember what war caused in Sudan and Iraq.
“Such war does not end in time. We are yet to recover from the civil war. We are better together.
“I have nowhere I am going. Whoever has experienced war in the past will not pray for such. Nigeria will not separate; it’s not acceptable to us. Our prayer is for prosperity and more wealth for the country.”
Tinubu, in a 1997 interview, said he didn’t believe in a united Nigeria. His views seemed to have evolved like that of Isa Pantami, the communications minister who once declared support for terrorists.
Like Tinubu, Pantami is a member of the APC. So is President Muhammadu Buhari who says the minister will not be fired for his now-renounced extremist views.