By Lyric BAHM, Abuja
A WORLD acclaimed scholar and diplomat, Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari has warned that the restructuring of the nation can no longer be postponed without incurring dire consequences on the nation.
The eminent scholar remarked that several opposing factors such as insecurity, vocal agitations from ethnic minorities and the growing crime rate in the country lend credence to the belief that Nigerians are not happy with the present structure of the nation.
Gambari made these remarks while presenting a paper titled: “Nation building or nation fragmentation: Reflections on 20 years of post-military rule in Nigeria,” at the launch of Late Major General Emmanuel Olumuyiwa Abisoye Foundation at the University of Abuja last Saturday.
The former Nigeria Representative at the United Nations argued that military force should not be used in every situation and urged our leaders to do everything possible to ensure that the country does not slide back into another civil war by learning to take advantage of conflict prevention and resolution mechanisms to help contain crisis situations.
“Forces of unity and forces of fragmentation are now in strong contention in the country,” he said and while declaring that the toad does not run in the daytime for nothing, Gambari appealed that the numerous agitations by ethnic groups that make-up the country should be given serious attention.
Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, who was the Chairman of the occasion, commended the gallantry and other sterling qualities of late General Abisoye declaring that the virtues were what earned retired army officer the post of pioneer Chairman of council and Pro-chancellor of the University of Abuja.
On why the Late Major General Emmanuel Olumuyiwa Abisoye Foundation was launched, the Chairman Board of Trustees, Retired Major General David Jemibowon said the scheme was set up to immortalize the great war hero and to foster a community based strategic framework for human capital development, social justice and the empowerment of the youth and vulnerable groups through engagement of the people in societal issues.
More than N200 million was realised at the launch of the foundation which took place at the Samuel Ogbemudia Library Complex, Main Campus of the university.