Second Republic federal lawmaker, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, yesterday maintained that Nigeria would not disintegrate if President Goodluck Jonathan was not allowed a second term in office in 2015.
Mohammed pointed out that the country had grown beyond the stage of disintegrating on account of the electoral misfortune of one man.
He was reacting to a recent assertion by Third Republic governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife that Nigeria would break up if Jonathan was not re-elected in 2015.
Ezeife had claimed that the president’s second term ambition was tied to the continued existence of Nigeria and that any attempt by any group under any guise to deny Jonathan re-election in 2015 could lead to unintended consequences.
One of the consequences, according to the former governor is that aggrieved Niger Delta militants would blow up oil facilities and threaten the future existence of the country.
But Mohammed, who is also the National Coordinator of the Coalition of Northern Politicians, Academics, Professionals and Businessmen, noted that it was out of place for Ezeife, who is regarded as an elder to forget where he was coming from and dance naked in the open just for cheap popularity and political patronage.
Mohammed said: “It is unfortunate that Ezeife, who witness the Biafran war orchestrated by his kinsmen, which claimed over one million of Igbo people, should be beating the drums of war today.
“It is, therefore, clear to all that the man has lost touch with reality and is merely playing to the gallery for selfish motives.
“People like Ezeife are perpetual political opportunists in the Nigerian political arena and should be ignored especially when they fan the embers of ethnicity and war in time of peace such as we have in Nigeria.
“My candid advice to Nigerians is that they should ignore him because he does not have a good sense of history and does not speak for anyone in Nigeria.
“Contrary to Ezeife’s postulation, Niger Delta militants or any terrorist group cannot be a threat to a government that emerges through credible, free and fair election in Nigeria”, Mohammed said.