Public practitioner and lawyer, Niran Adedokun, has said that Nigeria is too divided to be referred to as a country.
Speaking at the “Book Hour” event on Saturday, Adedokun maintained that Nigerians would be deceiving themselves by claiming they have a country, adding that the failure to come to terms with such reality over the years led to the widespread disunity among the various regions that make up Nigeria.
Adedokun who was basing his facts on the opposition of northern governors to the disbandment of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) in October when youths mostly from the south advocated proscription of the police unit, said it was one of the signs of disunity in the country.
The author said it is unfortunate that past and successive administrations in the country “are not even doing anything to change the trajectory,” adding that until concrete measures are taken to address the situation, Nigeria will continue to remain a “mere dream”.
In his words, ”I truly do not believe we have a country. To be honest, Nigeria is not a country. We are only deceiving ourselves and I think the bulk of our problem is because we don’t accept this reality.
“You cannot claim that Nigeria is a country in a situation when a region of the country is saying one thing and the other is saying something different. That cannot be a country. A country is defined by people that are united in purpose, know where they are going and what they want to achieve.
“Nigeria is not there yet. We don’t have unity, some people want restructuring, others don’t. So, currently, we have confused dreams and aspirations.
“There is no patriotism or loyalty to the nation. So, we would be lying to ourselves if we claim we have a country. That is why I said Nigeria has not attained the status of a country, it is still a dream of some people which does not exist yet,” he added.
Nwada Ugochinyere Onyechere reporting, Obinwannem News