Former Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Prof. Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, has warned that recent events in the country are pointing to the direction of another civil war.
According to the professor, hate speeches, ethnic and regional irredentism and intolerance were on the rise in the country.
He added that these indicate the seeming unwillingness of Nigerians to live together in peace.
Gambari said, “this nonsense must stop. It must stop because Nigeria cannot afford it.”
The former envoy, who is also the Chancellor of Kwara State University, KWASU, Malete, said during the fifth convocation of the eight-year-old institution.
Gambari said, “We can’t afford it because it is distractive.
“At a time when we seek to reposition our country for stronger national cohesion and economic resurgence, to play our destined role in Africa and the world, we do not need this distraction.
“Governments across the country need a peaceful political and security atmosphere that allows them to concentrate on delivering the promised dividends of democracy to the people.
“We can’t afford it because it is disruptive and dangerous. Divisive agitations and violent conduct, or call to violent conduct, can result in unexpected and undesirable consequences.
“The little fires starting to burn across the country must not be allowed to result in a conflagration from which none can escape.
“We can’t afford it because it hurts our image in the region, in Africa and around the world. What investor, donor or ally would confidently associate with a country under threat of disintegration, confusion or instability?
“None. If we are to leverage on our considerable economic potential and human capital, we have no choice but to demonstrate to the world that we are a viable destination and ally.
“Our size and diversity should therefore be taken as advantages that help us to build a great economy with huge political influences.
“I seize this opportunity to comment on recent developments in our country, which should be of concern to all well-meaning Nigerians.
“It worries me that some of our compatriots seem to have forgotten so soon the great prize we paid fighting the civil war; lives were lost, properties were destroyed and nation building was stunted.
“I appeal to our leaders, political, traditional, religious and business, to not only speak out against the negative developments, but also to take immediate positive action to bring an end to them. Otherwise, their actions could be interpreted as collusion with the forces of division and violence.”