Nigeria will break up if this is not done, Prominent northern leader declares

Nigeria will break up if this is not done, Prominent northern leader declares

- A Middle Belt leader, Prof Yusuf Turaki, has said that Nigeria is on the verge of breakup

- The northern professor said that unless the 1999 constitution is amended, the country may cease to exist

- Turaki, however, lamented the rate of insecurity in Nigeria

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Professor Yusuf Turaki has warned that Nigeria may break up at any time if the leadership of the country continues with the 1999 constitution.

In an exclusive interview with The Sun, the academic guru described the 1999 constitution as an ‘apartheid constitution.’

Turaki, who is one of the conveners of the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self Determination, said he could not fathom why the country is not progressing 6o years after the independence.

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A prominent northern leader, Professor Yusuf Turaki, said it is time to amend the 1999 constitution. Source:
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He said:

"What I have discovered on what is happening to us today had a historical foundation, which was laid down by empire builders or social reformers. I traced myself back historically. How did the British Colonial administration set up the country that we call Nigeria?

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"In the north, I decided to study two ethnic groups or people groups – the Muslim group and the non-Muslim group, and I wanted to look at how the British colonial administration developed its policies, administrative practices towards the Muslim group and the non-Muslim group in northern Nigeria."

Speaking further, Turaki described the 1999 Constitution is a fraud, adding that anybody who says the 1999 constitution is the best instrument for Nigeria is using it for his selfish interest.

Turaki noted:

"Yes, the 1999 constitution is a fraud. Anybody who says the 1999 constitution is the best instrument for Nigeria that fellow is using this constitution that has given him or her an advantageous position over all others in Nigeria and that is, we repudiate that this constitution is a product by a military clique imposed upon unwilling Nigerians."

He stressed that Nigeria may implode if the rate of insecurity is not checkmated, alleging that the government of the day is not serving the interest of the people.

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Turaki stated:

"Nigeria is already on course to fall off the cliff. It is not a matter of may. If Nigeria does not change; if Nigeria does not do away with the contrived 1999 constitution, it is going to implode. Not that it is going to implode, it has already started imploding.
"There is no government today that serves the interest of the people. Nigerian government today serves the interest of the political elites, but it doesn’t serve the interest of the common people in the country."

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Meanwhile, had previously reported that tragedy struck again in Borno state as suspected Boko Haram members attacked Chibok local government area on Christmas eve.

It was reported that the insurgents killed six people and burnt down the EYN (Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria) also known as Church of the Brethren in Nigeria in Pemi, an award under Chibok LGA.

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