Following the comments by President Muhammadu Buhari that the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable, the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, has disagreed, saying that President Buhari’s old-fashioned ways had not yielded the desired progress for the country.
Reacting, spokesperson of the IYC, Eric Omare, said: “The statement by President Buhari to Niger Delta militants on Wednesday, June 6, 2016 that the unity of Nigeria is not negotiable is an old-fashioned approach to the resolution of national problems.
“The circumstances of the present-day Nigeria demand a renegotiation of the future unity and existence of Nigeria.
“This demand is not peculiar to the Niger Delta region but cuts across all parts of the country. For Nigeria to make progress President Buhari should dump his old-fashioned approach to the unity of Nigeria and face the reality of the present-day situation.
“Nigeria as presently constituted is suffocating and the federating ethnic nationalities can no longer bear the suffocating effect of the defective structure which hampers the development of the country. It is in the interest of all Nigerians to renegotiate the future unity of Nigeria.
“Nigerians want a country that is united on mutually agreed terms and not the present defective structure. The IYC calls on President Buhari to wake up and face the reality of the situation and stop relying on outdated notion of Nigeria’s unity. Nigerians demand for renegotiation.”