By Victor Oriola, Patrick Okohue & Emma-Enyinnaya Appolos:

* Balarabe Musa, Adebanjo, Sagay, others:  He’s talking nonsense

LIBYAN strongman and immediate past chairman of the African Union (AU), Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, yesterday recommended the partitioning of Nigeria along religious  divide.

He said the division of the country “into two nations of Muslims and Christians” remained the only way to avoid further bloodshed often triggered by ethno-religious crisis.
But, he was countered immediately by former old Kaduna State Governor, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, constitutional lawyer, Prof. Itse Sagay and a leading light of the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo.
Gaddafi’s recommendation came in the wake of the latest ethno-religious cleansing of more than 500 residents of three villages in Jos South council area of Plateau State by some unknown herdsmen.

In a speech to students, the Libyan leader, who seized power from King Idris on September 1, 1969, hailed the example of India and Pakistan, where he said partition saved many lives.
“Splitting Nigeria would stop the bloodshed and burning of places of worship,” Gaddafi was quoted as saying in the state news agency, Jana.
He classified the Jos violence as a “deep conflict of religious nature” caused by the federal state, “which was made and imposed by the British in spite of the people’s resistance to it”.

He described the partition of India as a “historic, radical solution” which saved the lives of “millions of Hindus and Muslims.”
Sagay, who described Gaddafi’s suggestion as “a very rash advice,” said: “It is true that we are slightly different in terms of religion and culture. But if we live our lives according to our religion and culture unmolested, there won’t be any problem at all. We have been together for 100 years; let us not give up now.”

Said Adebanjo: “ The whole North is not the Hausa/Fulani or Moslem. It is a mixture of Moslems and Christians. So, how are you going to divide them? Nigeria is multi ethnic, multi cultural and you cannot compare the Indian, Bangladesh and Pakistani example with the Nigerian situation. So, that advice is not okay.”

To Balarabe Musa, Gaddafi’s advice was “a mistaken understanding of the problem in Nigeria.”
“What is happening is quite unfortunate but it doesn’t call for that. The level of economic integration has gone that far. What we have in Nigeria would happen anywhere you have bad governance. The problem in Nigeria is that government at all levels has become irresponsible.

“When I was a governor in Kaduna, there was nothing like this and if it wanted to occur, we would always nip it in the bud. The crisis in Jos is unfortunate but the agents of the state and federal government cannot say they were not aware of it to nip it before it escalated.

“The problem is basically economic, it is not religious or political, the Berom ethnic group that is causing this crisis is not more than 200,000 or thereabout. I was in Jos in 1956, so I know what I am talking about. We should not call for separation at this time; our case is not peculiar to  India, Bangladesh and Pakistan that Col Muammar Gaddafi cited.”
Senator Odion Ugbesia said the Libyan strongman “should mind his own business because  what is happening in Nigeria is an internal issue and he does not have the right to speak on such a sensitive issue about Nigeria.”

Former Chief of General Staff, Commondore Ebitu Ukiwe, said: “That is his opinion; he is entitled to his opinion. Nigerians will decide what they want at the right time. It is not to be dictated from outside. It is left for Nigerians to decide what they want and how they want it. Nobody from outside can choose for them.”

Alhaji Yerima Shettima said: “Such a comment is not in the best interest of Nigeria. I don’t think it has gotten to that. I believe there is still hope in Nigeria. I believe Nigeria will get better and have the peace and unity that is required.”
Chief Adeniyi Akintola described Gaddafi as “an erratic,unstable and unreliable person that cannot be taken with all seriousness.”

“Which North or South is he talking about? Is it the North that is predominantly dominated by the South? The man should be ignored completely. Is he not the same Gaddafi that has nursed an ambition to rule the whole of Africa?
But, Alhaji Muhajid Dokubo-Asari, supported Gaddafi.
“This is the best thing a foreign leader has said to the Nigerian problem. I congratulate Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi for the courage to speak out and not behaving like hypocrites who are only interested in the oil in the Niger Delta.

“I have always said it that Nigeria only exists in the minds and imaginations of that cabal in Abuja, stealing from the people. There is no unity whatsoever, and there can’t be unity in the fraudulent entity called Nigeria. Look at how they are killing innocent people they brought together against the wishes of the people?
“From Odi to Gbaramatu to Jos, it has been killing galore and the evil people who grab power fraudulently are happy about that.”

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7 Thoughts on “Anger over Gaddafi’s call for Nigeria’s breakup

  1. mable on March 18, 2010 at 8:54 pm said:

    I really believe strongly that Gaddafi’s suggestion is best idea for Nigeria. It is rather unfortunately that the leaders in Nigeria are not seeing it that way. Nigeria is like a condemn place, dead zone, a place where people are afriad to be, what a country? Nigeria is too big for one president that’s not functioning to rule, nothing is going anywhere in Nigeria. When will our leaders wake up and think for the best of this country and just only for their stomach? Nigeria land is a blessed nation but in the wrong hands. If anybody should not agree with that perfect suggestion made by Gaddafi, then the person has no good intention for Nigeria. May God have mercy on Nigeria and help our leaders to step up and do the right thing.

  2. If Gadafi had been mad before now, I think he is now well for this is the most reasonable sentence a person can say ” that Nigeria should be divided. Maybe we need a President like him. A before you pronounce him mad, talk to Nigerians if they have a different view than what Gadafi has said. Most of our leader are not Nigerians for they don’t think like Nigerians. They are power occupiers supressing the Nation. Thank you Gadafi and shame to you so called Nigerian leaders.

  3. tempter of babylon on March 17, 2010 at 7:37 pm said:

    This man is saying the truth.I cry for Biafra.This is the solution

  4. RAW JUSTICE - DK on March 17, 2010 at 5:46 pm said:

    FOR THOSE WHO THINK THE MESS CAN CONTINUE WHILE MILLIONS DIE EVERY DAY, SORRY THE DAYS ARE NUMBERED.. IT IS ONLY IN NIGERIA WHERE CRIMINALS ARE AWARD WITH WHAT SUPPOSED TO BE FOR EVERYONE. A PLACE WHERE FORMER LOOTING GENERALS AND THEIR ALLIES ARE AWARDED OIL WELLS AS GIFTS, AND THEY MAKE BILLIONS, WHEN THE TRUE OWNERS ARE DYING LIKE POISONED FLIES…
    THE ROTATE POWER BETWEEN THEIR EVIL INCOMPETENT HANDS EVEN THE BRAIN DEAD ONES ARE CALLED TO CONTINUE LOOTING, BECAUSE THEY NEVER KNOW WHAT WORKING IS ALL ABOUT… JUST TAKE A LOOK AT THE DEAD WOODS THAT ARE ON THE POWER STAGE, LINE UP OF FAILURES AND HYPOCRITES WITH NOTHING TO OFFER BUT LOOTING AND TAKING WHAT THEY WILL NEVER USE TO UK, US, AND ELSEWHERE, WHILE PEOPLE DIE OF VERY MINOR ILLNESS..

  5. RAW JUSTICE - DK on March 17, 2010 at 5:33 pm said:

    The man Gaddafi may be a mad man and erratic person, but on this case, any sane mind will agree that it is long overdue that the British evil must be dismantled for the people to move forward.. If you hear Balarabe Musa, on quote:
    “When I was a governor in Kaduna, there was nothing like this and if it wanted to occur, we would always nip it in the bud. The crisis in Jos is unfortunate but the agents of the state and federal government cannot say they were not aware of it to nip it before it escalated”
    He agreed the problem has not be this much, which means, if the problem is only getting worse, rather than disappearing, which means, the lie cannot be hold forever. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS UNITY IN NIGERIA. PERIOD!!
    For the so-called Ebitu Ukaiwe, we know he is afraid of sounding like a secessionist if he say his true mind, but I will help him: Nigeria is a very racist, discriminatory place, where some are considered citizens by right while other for the sake of their race should feed on the crumbs. UkAiwe, was a first hand recipient of that racism and tribalism.. He may like to explain to the world what happened to him during the evil Babangida era, why he was not promoted to his rightful position..
    NIGERIA ONLY EXISTS FOR THOSE EVIL LAZY CRIMINAL GANGS WHO WANTS TO LOOT AT GUN POINT WITHOUT TAKING RESPONSIBILITY OR REMORSE!! ITS DISSOLUTION IS LONG OVERDUE!! IT IS USELESS TO THE MAJORITY!

  6. It’s true Gaddafi is not to tell nigerians what to do,but must nigeria leader who did not agree with him,might have say so,becouse non of their relations has been killid.u all should keep quite and fine some were to hide, youall faill urself not the nigeria people ,most of u came into power by civile coup.it will not be long for those of u who his putting this pain on us will pay for it,by their blood,all they have stolen from nigeria ,let us not forget ghana history,non of you will have a place ti hide when the time comes.

  7. Igwenyere Christian Obioma on March 17, 2010 at 12:47 pm said:

    From 1914 till date,it is clear that there had never being unity and love in Nigeria.The main aim of the amalgamation of Southern and Northern Protectorates of Nigeria apart from supporting the North to reach economic self reliance,was(is)to unite Nigeria.But it is clear to every dick and harry that the people of Nigeria since the inception of this idea blatantly refused to see themselves as one,rather it had been a thorough assassination of national character and life.That aim was defeated never achieved.Plateau State had caused so much pains to Nigerians much, than the slave trade caused Africa in the 17th-19th centuries.The British thoroughly failed in Nigeria.What would had made them to unite people of various norms and values if they had seen that the resultant effect was(is) constant destruction of lives and properties.
    Enough blood of people had been shed in the North because of this animosity.As it is wrong for a Muslim to wage war against a fellow Muslim,it is also wrong for a Muslim to wage war against a Christian.Division of Nigeria will be a welcome solution.At least it will create an enabling area where the people will operate a Common Area System(CAS) which allows and defines movement and settlement of people in areas other than their own.
    Apart from Gaddafi`s suggestion,every good citizen of Nigeria should know that the best way to correct this bad mistake made by the British in 1914,is to divide Nigeria since the people bluntly refused to see themselves as one.These people that die all the time are human beings and not animals.Who is deceiving who?If we continue to kill ourselves,who will rule and,be ruled?Disengagement will solve Nigeria problems now.My heart bleeds and I know that the heart of all who feel for Nigeria problems also bleed.Divide Nigeria,disengage Northern Nigeria that Muslims and Christians will have peace and respect themselves.

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