Odumakin called for a National Conference.
The Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, a Yoruba socio-cultural group, Yinka Odumakin, has warned that unless critical issues affecting the corporate existence of Nigeria are frankly and urgently addressed, the country may soon collapse.
Mr. Odumakin, who was one of the discussants at the launching and public presentation of a book, My Time in The Charging Cloud, at the University of Ibadan on Thursday, said the nation has left so many important issues unaddressed for too long.
The activist, who was the spokesman to former military ruler, Muhammadu Buhari during the 2011 elections, said the evil day could be as near as 2015 when the nation will hold its next round of general elections.
To prevent the imminent tragedy, the human rights activist said, there was need to urgently call a national conference where the contentious issues about the Nigerian nation will be discussed and resolved.
While insisting that the National Conference is the only way of survival for the country, the former Students’ Union activist quoted the 1991 experiences of two countries with similar background as Nigeria, Yugoslavia and Ethiopia, to buttress his argument.
He recalled that while Yugoslavia failed to heed the call for such conference and since then ceased to be in existence as one country, Ethiopia on the other hand sat down and thrashed out its differences and till today, Ethiopia has remained a united and an indivisible entity.
The Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Niger Delta, Kinsley Kuku, who was represented at the occasion by Henry Ugbolue, stressed the need for all Nigerians to play their role in the ongoing democracy.
Describing politics as a game of number, the activists condemned those who fought for the entrenchment of democracy in the country for staying aloof as corrupt politicians reap the fruit of their hard labour.
“Politics, being a game of number deserves participation; all of us need to be involved to ensure that we bring about the country of our dream. We can’t stay aloof and expect things will get better, we don’t have any other place we can call our home.
“We can’t continue to shy away from the responsibility all in the name that we don’t want our names to be tarnished. We must be ready to take all the insults and whatever comes our way in politics in order to bequeath a glorious nation to the unborn children”, he stated.
Oludare Ogunlana, a former president of the National Association of Nigerian Students, who authored the book, said his desire to document the heat of struggle for a democratic dispensation as a student leader drove him into writing the book.
According to him, he felt the need to offer posterity a guide into history to help in defining and securing an enviable future.