A former Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, John Onaiyekan, has raised fears that Nigeria may split before 2023 due to the ‘sad realities’ in the country, including security challenges.
Onaiyekan said the country’s leaders would always want to remain in office even after their tenure because of “greed, wickedness and stupidity”.
According to the cleric, one of the obstacles that had been threatening democracy in Nigeria was that incumbent governments do not value free and fair election.
“There is no reason why the spate of insecurity should continue like this till 2023. There is no reason why we should not be able to finally settle this problem before the year 2022 is over.
“If it is not over, it means we have failed as a nation and the question will no longer be whether we can have election or not, but whether it makes sense even having an election because we don’t have a country; the matter is serious.
“As for the election, we are not even sure whether Nigeria will be one country or whether we would have an independent country. So, those are issues we must face now,” Onaiyekan told Punch.