…Declares Support for Secession.
…Accuses Northern Elites of glaring silence on insecurity.
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Aside IPOB’s leader, Nnamdi Kanu, and Sunday Adeyemo (popularly known as Sunday Igboho), another prominent Nigerian son, Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, has equally declared support for secession. Dr. Mailafia, who is former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has said that, if the constant killings in the country continue, it is best for Nigeria to be disintegrated to ensure peace.
Mailafia made the observation during an online conversation on “How to Fix a Failing State” on Sunday, August 15, 2021, after a week of blood bath in Plateau State, Benue and Southern Kaduna areas orchestrated by the heightened insecurity in the country.
While insisting that the underlying currents of unity are still there in spite of the huge problem Nigeria is facing, the former Presidential candidate maintained that ordinary people have no problem with each other.
Mailafia, who also accused northern elites of being silent on insecurity, said “We’re enmeshed in so many ways. You can’t take that away from us. But today, we face huge problems. In spite of those huge problems, the underlying currents of unity are still there.
“I’m a village boy. I like to listen to people in the rural areas – the ordinary people – and they have no problem with each other. The Fulani that live in my area, they speak our language.
“It is elites, who are fanning, firing these embers of war and civil strife. So, if we can look beyond these and gather a coalition of well-meaning Nigerians to put forward a new agenda and new national project, let’s give it a try.
“We have a peculiar disease in Northern Nigeria perpetuated by elites. They are very bankrupt, they are very jaundiced, and they hate the country.
“That is what I’m beginning to see, because with all these killings, they are not talking. But when you open your mouth small, they say ‘who told you to say that?,’ ” he said.
He also added that the choice of staying together or going our separate ways is in the hands of Nigerians. According to him, it is better to go separate ways, if that will bring peace.
“Having said that, I think the choice is ours. For me, I will say let’s give it, at least, the last try. But just like in marriage, if people are trying to kill each other in a marriage, it is better for them to be separated, for the sake of peace.
“So, if we are going to keep slaughtering each other, then it is better to separate every side and then on their own, the Middle-Belt could decide that they want to partner with and join Yorubaland, or Oduduwa and Biafra to become another country. Let that be their free choice and referendum. This would be an option, instead of slaughtering each other,” he emphasized.