A Counsel to the leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, Barrister Aloy Ejimakor has asserted that ‘the disintegration of Nigeria was sealed in 2015’, Concise News reports.
The legal practitioner while reacting to a former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega’s warning that Nigeria could break up, also claimed that the academic ‘assisted President Muhammadu Buhari to power’.
Jega was Nigeria’s electoral umpire in 2015 when Buhari triumphed against incumbent Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
In a keynote address delivered at a conference on ‘20 Years of Democracy’, organised by TELL magazine on Wednesday, Jega had warned that if preventive measures were not taken, the prediction on the disintegration of Nigeria will come to pass.
It had been predicted in the build-up to the 2015 General Elections that Nigeria would disintegrate.
The anticipated crisis was however averted when former President Jonathan readily accepted his loss to Buhari.
“The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) thought that 2015 was the do-or-die period for Nigeria, that there would not be a Nigeria in the way you know after the 2015 General Elections.
“That has come and passed but I think if we do not take care, a lot of these predictions will come to pass.
“That is why we need to do quite a lot, much more than we have ever done in order to protect the integrity of the electoral process before 2023”, Jega had said.
Ejimakor posits that ‘leadership is the root cause of an nation’s failure and demise’.
He wrote on his known Twitter account on Thursday: ““CIA’s prediction on DISINTEGRATION of Nigeria may come to pass”- Jega, former INEC Chairman. Dear Mr Jega, GOOD MORNING! The disintegration was SEALED in 2015 when the man you assisted to power uttered that infamous #97versus5. The fish ROTS from the head. The rot is skin deep.”
“CIA’s prediction on DISINTEGRATION of Nigeria may come to pass”- Jega, former INEC Chairman. Dear Mr Jega, GOOD MORNING! The disintegration was SEALED in 2015 when the man you assisted to power uttered that infamous #97versus5. The fish ROTS from the head. The rot is skin deep.
— aloy ejimakor (@AloyEjimakor) October 24, 2019
Although, President Buhari has said Nigeria is indivisible, IPOB wants a group of states in south-east Nigeria, made up mainly of people from the Igbo ethnic group, to break away and form the independent nation of Biafra.
The plan is not new. In 1967 Igbo leaders declared a Biafran state, but after a brutal civil war, which led to the deaths of up to a million people, the secessionist rebellion was defeated.
But the idea of separatism has bubbled away since then and Ejimakor’s client, Kanu is the latest in a line of Biafran activists taking up the cause.