Nigerian Constitution Leaves No Room For Any Group To Secede - Ganduje - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Thursday, August 5, 2021

Nigerian Constitution Leaves No Room For Any Group To Secede - Ganduje

•••Urges Agitators To Direct Energies To Sustainable Goals 

                        •Ganduje


 
By Jane Okafor, Abuja

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state has said that there is no provision yet in the constitution of the Federal Reublic of Nigeria for any ethnic group or section to pull out of the country.

Ganduje urged Nigerians to focus more on sustainable goals for the country – instead of applying energies on self-determination agitation that would only diminish her greatness and people.

The governor who spoke on Thursday at Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Abuja while presenting a paper titled, ‘Sustaining a United and Indivisible Nigeria: A Myth or Reality” at the Second Quarterly Public Lecture series of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Press Corps, also 
called for a halt to the quest for the balkanization of Nigeria into separate nations.

He expressed concern over the agitation for Biafra by the proscribed Indegenous People of Biafra(IPOB) led by Nnamdi Kanu and similar agitations - by Sunday Igboho and others seeking Yoruba nation or Oduduwa Republic, cautioning them to use dialogue to address their grievances.

Governor Ganduje noted that the only way to legally grant secession option is through an amendment to the law and advised the agitators to follow established guidelines while protecting the sovereignty of the nation-state.

He said: “Under the Nigerian Constitution, no part of Nigeria has the power to form its own independent government or secede from the country. In fact, the word ‘secede’ does not appear in the Constitution.

“The nearest answer to this is found in Article 2 of the constitution, which states that Nigeria is one indivisible and indissoluble sovereign state to be known by the name of the ‘Federal Republic of Nigeria’. This means the only way to legally grant such an option is through an amendment to the law. Agitators would be required to follow established guidelines while protecting the sovereignty of the nation-state.

“Let me repeat here that Nigeria is a united and indivisible country. Our constitution has taken care of that. I don’t see secession as the way out of the current challenges afflicting the nation. Instead, advocates of secession should have a change of heart and I recommend dialogue as a crucial option for addressing their problems.

“Besides, there is a National Assembly where some of the grievances can be addressed. Because dialogue is a far better alternative that costs less than the consequences of the wedge that has been erected to frustrate more flow of conversations between the government and citizens to arrive at a national consensus.

“And the sooner we face issues such as the huge infrastructure deficit, our shrinking oil revenue, looming food insecurity as a consequence of insecurity in our agriculture zones, the better. Seriously, we need to focus on diversification of the economy, out-of-school children shame, rebuilding of our tertiary institutions to boost knowledge development for 21st-century challenges and other sustainable goals for this great country – instead of applying energies on self-determination agitation that will only diminish us as a people.

"In the main, those who manage public information for our great party should note all these points as we interact to reposition our party for future challenges because information is power to the people who should be well informed to be able to make remarkable decisions and choices. Yes, information is power to the people! ”

 
















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