- Pat Utomi said the Nigerian civil war could have been avoided if the country's leaders had opted for honest conversations
- The renowned scholar said the war was completely unnecessary
- Utomi also said that Nigeria's current presidential system should be discarded, saying it is not working
Pat Utomi, a foremost professor of political economy, says the Nigerian civil war fought between 1967 and 1970 was "completely unnecessary".
Utomi said this when he appeared as a guest on Channels TV speaking on the anniversary of the civil war tagged 50 Years After Biafra.
The renown scholar said the war could have been avoided if the "honest conversations" were considered by the Nigerian leaders.
"In my view, the Nigerian civil war was completely unnecessary, it was something that honest conversations could have taken care of and the path of progress that the country was travelling could have continued," he said.
Utomi also said that the presidential system being practised in Nigeria is not working, recommending a return to "a system of government rooted in the people".
"Fundamentally, I think we need to return to a system of government rooted in the people. Right now, there is a disconnect between the Nigerian state and the Nigerian people.
The principle of subsidiarity of authority being devolved to levels closer to the people has been lost in this presidential system," he said.
Utomi said Nigeria has only succeeded in creating a system of plunder where all policies are allegedly about milking the country dry.
Meanwhile, the Igbo and the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have been called upon to jettison their quest for the realisation of Biafra independence and support the cause for an Igbo presidency in 2023.
The call was made by the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide which said that it is easier to achieve Igbo presidency than Biafra independence.
Legit.ng gathers that the call was contained in a statement signed by both the president and the secretary-general, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro and Mazi Okwu Nnabuike.
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