Vanguard (Lagos)

3 November 2011

Nigeria May Disintegrate, If...By Olaniwun Ajayi

Lagos — AFENIFERE chieftain, Sir Olaniwun Ajayi, has warned of the possibility of Nigeria disintegrating if President Goodluck Jonathan failed to address the growing tension and insecurity in the country.

Speaking yesterday at the public presentation and launch of his two books: "Lest we forget" and "Isara Afotamodi: My Jerusalem", at Harcourt Point in Lagos, the Afenifere stalwart argued that the failure of the president to mark the 51st independence celebration was an indication that the Federal Government could not guarantee safety of peoples' lives.

He said: "For our 51st independence year celebration, our president could not keep a date with the land, rather, he and his officials, in apparent humiliating protection of their lives, ran away from the usual venue of such occasion, that is to say in time of crisis, our government cannot guarantee safety for our people."

While harping on the need for true federalism, he said, "for a harmonious co-existence, therefore, a federalism that will allow for self-determination which will cater for the interest of everyone will be the correct, appropriate and suitable form of federalism for this country."

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