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Thursday, 30 June 2016

EDESON VIEWPOINT: Nnamdi Kanu and Wole Soyinka; The Two Men Against Nigeria’s Sovereignty

Power is a scarce currency in politics and very expensive to acquire. Utmost political power in Nigeria resides on the Federal Government. Though, regional units enjoy certain amounts of autonomy but some
units feel marginalised and are constantly clamouring for decentralisatio
n of power in order to achieve their political and economic goals.

Revolutionists Nnamdi Kanu, of the Eastern region of Nigeria, and Nobel laureate Professor Wole Soyinka, of Western region of Nigeria are advocates of decentralisation.

The two men reason alike in some ways, Nnamdi Kanu set up Radio Biafra as a tool to dissolve the sovereignty of Nigeria while Wole Soyinka in the 1990s launched Radio Kudirat to fight the then military government militating against democracy. Their reason in setting up unregistered and unlawful radio stations may differ but one thing that is presently on their mind is “Decentralization”

Wole Soyinka was imprisoned for 2 years by the former Head of States, Yakubu Gowon for treason and preaching decentralization during Nigeria Civil War; Nnamdi Kanu is presently suffering in prison for violently wanting to liberate his people (the Biafrans) from the central power.

Despite the torture perpetrated on this two men concerning their “negative” views on Nigeria’s sovereignty, they seem not to give up their political goal. Nnamdi Kanu would rather remain in Prison than to give up his fight for the Biafrans while Wole Soyinka is still advocating for the negotiation of Nigeria’s sovereignty without fear of being thrown back into prison.

In a recent interview with a national newspaper, Wole Soyinka re-affirmed that Nigerians need to strip the Federal government of its power. Noting that, Federalism is depriving regional units of their rights and privileges.

Currently, Nigeria constitution does not allow secession of regional units from the center. If it must happen, then the constitution have to be amended to suit the purpose.
The big problem for Nnamdi Kanu and Wole Soyinka is that the Nigerian constitution is too rigid to actualize their “decentralization goal” and it may not come to pass in 300 years’ time.

Is the Federal Government of Nigeria Too Rigid to Decentralize?
Do you envision the political goal of Nnamdi Kanu and Wole Soyinka coming to fruition in 300 years time?
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Endy Edeson

I don't think it will completely fall apart in his administration

Johnson Ebubechukwu

Buhari knows that Nigerian problems now is more Dan what one president can handle

Titus Shodiya

Soyinka should slow down. he is getting old

Okpala Emmanuel Chuks

endy i bet u b4 2019 dia shal be emergence of Biafra

Endy Edeson

@Chuks: it will be difficult for the centre to fall apart. what happened (1967-1970) will not repeat in this country. Nigeria is too Rigid

Okpala Emmanuel Chuks

we dnt nid ammendment wat we wud pressure 4 is refferendum by force or by fire. lets see hw long d country can go on guerrilla warfare

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