The National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) has warned President Muhammadu Buhari against taking steps that will lead to another civil war in Nigeria, telling him that the best he should do now is to take appropriate steps to resolve the various issues in the nation.
Outside this, it warned further, another civil war is imminent, adding that it has written a letter to that effect to him.
NADECO in a statement on Sunday, signed by its General Secretary and spokesperson, Comrade Ayo Opadokun, stated that the political upheavals, instability and another civil war are better prevented now by the international community because it would cost far less if the President should take urgent steps to prevent the possible eruption of open hostilities in Nigeria.
A copy of the letter was available to journalists.
The statement said, “This is also because anything that happens in Nigeria will have an unwholesome and negative impact on the West Africa sub-region, the African continent and the global community. Our request is urgent and timely. Nigeria’s current situation is so deplorable because of the imposed centralist and unitary 1999 constitution, manufactured by a military clique and imposed upon Nigerians.
“Ethnic nationalities who were the building blocks upon which the British colonialist constructed Nigeria had clamoured , appealed and cautioned the sectional military wing ruling Nigeria (foisting Obasanjo and Jonathan) as surrogates.”
The civil society organization explained that for Nigeria to return to the federal constitution upon which she secured her independence in 1960 but their interventions had always been met with disdain and provocative responses.
“Nigerians have never accepted the suspension, and abrogation of the negotiated independence constitution. The ethnic nationalities as contained in the attached open letters to President Buhari, no longer accept to be treated as slaves and inferior citizens in this British contrived political space,” the statement reads.
According to it, agitations for a return to federal constitutional governance using the 1960 and 1963 Independence and Republican Constitutions as the working papers have been very loud, persistent and popular by ethnic nationalities and others with the youths of the South and the Middle Belt who constitute about 65 percent of Nigeria population, by the latest statistics.
NADECO stressed that the agitators have been resorting to street actions leading to political instability, in cohesion and mutual distrust that are worse than what the situation was before the Nigeria civil war between 1967 and 1970, hence the need for the President to take action to prevent another civil war.
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.