Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka on Friday said that the unity of Nigeria as a nation is an issue that must be debated on in order to address the lingering echoes of marginalization.
“The claim that the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable is a false statement,” Prof. Soyinka said.
“The right of the people to determine their future is what is non-negotiable.”
Soyinka stated this in Kaiama, Bayelsa State, when he joined Governor Seriake Dickson to commission a new high school, the Ijaw National Academy.
“Don’t tell me that Nigeria, as it is, is non-negotiable,” Mr. Soyinka said.
“To me, that’s a fallacy.”
“Negotiation involves ensuring that there’s no marginalisation. Negotiation involves ensuring that the major components of the country are not feeding on the centre,” Mr. Soyinka added.
On June 25 however, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo while receiving a group of Muslim leaders at the Presidential Villa noted that Nigeria’s unity is not negotiable.
“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,” Osinbajo said