A retired Federal Permanent Secretary and Third Republic governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, has warned that Nigeria may disintegrate if President Goodluck Jonathan fails to win the 2015 presidential election.
Ezeife, who spoke with Vanguard in Abuja, added that Jonathan’s second term ambition has become intertwined with the destiny of the country, saying the only way Nigeria could remain as one indivisible entity is for the president to continue in office beyond 2015.
He said, “At this juncture in Nigerian history, President Jonathan’s interest in a second term and Nigerians’ interest in the continued existence of the country have become coterminous”.
According to him, “If you say because you oppose President Jonathan’s bid for a second term in office, you are also opposed to a National Dialogue, you are saying no to one Nigeria.
“The truth of the matter is that opposing President Jonathan’s second term is like opposing the continued existence of Nigeria as one united country.
“What do you think would happen if as a result of the handiwork of the opposition, President Jonathan is disallowed from running for a second term in office? Can you control what would happen?
“Whether you are from the North, South or West, you can’t stop President Jonathan from going for a second term and winning.
“Everybody can make noise but if those who are making noise should think deeply, they would realize that the continued existence of Nigeria as one country is anchored on Jonathan’s continuation in office come 2015”.
On what would happen if the president fails to win reelection in 2015, Ezeife said, “We would be faced with the same problem. The Niger Delta boys would blow up all the oil pipelines and then a part of the country could say they are no longer interested in Nigeria; they could say Nigeria legally expired when the nation marked its centenary and that they are now on their own”.