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Ex-minister warns against Nigeria’s break-up

BY SONI DANIEL, REGIONAL EDITOR, NORTH

Former Minister of Science and Technology under General Abacha regime, Major General Sam Momah (rtd), has warned against break-up of Nigeria, saying the effect of such would be too disastrous to contain.

Momah, who was also Adjutant-General of the Nigerian Army, made it clear that it was better for Nigeria to remain a united country, despite its many contending tribal, ethnic and religious entities.

Momah spoke at the presentation of his book, entitled “Nigeria beyond Divorce” in Abuja last weekend. He pointed out that although the country managed to survive a civil war, it would not be able to survive disintegration.

Momah said: “A disintegrating Nigeria is an unthinkable prospect. However, if it is embarked upon, the war that would ensue may last for over 50 years like that of Sudan, which is about 58 years.

“But the glimmer of hope is that since Nigeria has survived for 100 years, what is required is for her to build on that success utilising her enormous resources. In doing so, Nigeria would restore hope, gain her pride and respect in Africa and the rest of the world.”.

Momah, in the 227-page book, pondered the contradictions that had dogged every facet of the nation’s life, pointing out that Nigeria remained the only place where $16 million could be spent on electricity, with the nation still wallowing in darkness.

He also said it was an irony for the country to be spending a fortune in security vote only to reap more security challenges.

He lamented that the nation was planning a centenary celebration jamboree while its N640 billion textile industry remained comatose.

Chairman of the occasion and All Nigeria People’s Party National Chairman, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, described the book as a timely resource that would add to the development of Nigeria and praised Momah for his contributions to the advancement of the nation.

Onu said: “You are a gift to Nigeria and we need more of you to be able to move Nigeria forward”.

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