We Are Many Decades Too Late To Disintegrate, Ibukun Awosika asserts

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Ibukun Awosika, Chairman Board of Directors of First Bank stated that the ongoing conversation bordering on the dissolution of Nigeria is not an option because the country “is many decades too late to disintegrate”.

The business woman, motivational speaker and author made her position known on Thursday in Kaduna at a Town Hall Meeting on National Security.

According to The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the town hall meeting with the theme, “Setting Benchmarks for Enhanced Security and National Unity in Nigeria’’ was organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture.

Awosika who was one of the discussants at the event, said the forefathers, who fought for the independence of Nigeria did not come from the same tribe, rather from diverse background.

The discussant who joined the town hall meeting virtually said Nigeria was not the only country made up of combination of many tribes, ethnic groups, culture and tradition.

“One of the blessings is that the combination that created Nigeria presented us the opportunity in terms of talents, diversity, natural and human resources that were brought to the table.

“When you look at what Nigeria state represents in terms of the size of market and population, the country is richly blessed,’’ she said.

She stated that every Nigerian desired to be able “to live in peace, want food on their table while every father and mother want to provide for their household.

“Everyone want to be able to meet their obligation, educate their children and have opportunity for health facility when they need it and have a peaceful coexistence with their people.”

Awosika blamed the political leaders for not doing enough and for playing politics with the issue of disintegration.

She noted that in creating division for political power, if the politicians succeeded in destroying the country, there would be nothing left to govern,

“I challenge the political class to review the approach of gaining power to understand that we cannot attain leadership at all cost.’’

Awosika also emphasized the need to invest in education to grow democracy as well as the need for Nigerians to challenge the political class and make them accountable.

Other discussants at the event were Prof Saka Nuru, Prof (Mrs) Kokunre Eghafona and Prof. Chudi Uwazuruike who also joined the meeting virtually.