Is the unity of Nigeria negotiable?  Can Nigerians sit and discourse its unity continuously?

The President repeatedly said "Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable". He said this in a nationwide broadcast after his return from a 104-day medical vacation to treat a strange ailment.

His words have been given varied interpretation by various groups masked by their interests and most times emotional intelligence. 

The subtle way the civil rights groups have attempted to chart a debate is by using the word "restructuring".

Kenyan Professor, Patrick Otieno Lumumba while speaking at this year’s symposium organized to celebrate the legacy of Afrobeat creator, Fela Kuti disagreed with the president.

He made his argument while giving his keynote address at this year’s  The Fela Debates tagged  '40 years after FESTAC, 20 years after Fela…Wither The Pan African dream?'

He said that the only way Nigeria can stay together is through a permanent state of negotiation.


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"I have looked at many things that are happening in Nigeria, and we have a solution within Nigeria.

"The leadership needs to be told that part of governance is to have the country in a permanent state of negotiation.

"That is what happened in Canada and that is what is happening in Brazil and any other countries. It is a conversation.” he said.

He urged President Buhari to engage state and local authorities on how to prevent disunity in their parts of the country.

"There are no quick fixes as you know and there are  some people that no matter how well-meaning you are they will still want to run away.

"We must remind ourselves that we must have that sense of history, not to repeat what happened in 1967, where 1 million were killed." he concluded.

Lumumba  is a Kenyan who served as the Director of Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission from September 2010 to August 2011,  and is currently the Director of The Kenya School of Laws since the year 2014.

He is also an elder statesman and Pan-Africanist who delivers several speeches promoting practical solutions to African problems.

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