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Afenifere chieftain: Centenary celebration not necessary

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Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) chieftain Mr. Dipo Famakinwa has objected to the proposed centenary celebration, saying that it lacks justification.

He told our correspondent in Lagos that Nigeriia has not become a nation, since it was forcefully amalgamated by Lord Fredrick Lugard in 1914.

Famakinwa said the celebration may become another jamboree, urging Nigerians to reject the proposals.

The ARG chieftain wondered why the federal government was planning to devote its time and energy to funfair at the expense of governance for nine months.

He argued that, if Jonathan Administration had lived up to expectation, Nigerians would have been enthusiastic about the celebration.

Famakinwa lamented the lack of focus by the government, adding that the President who had ruled out a Sovereign National Conference was proposing a celebration of imaginary unity.

He said: “What is Nigeria celebrating at 100? Is Nigeria a nation or nation-state? Are we living in peace,unity and harmony? Instead of discussing the basis for peaceful co-existence, government is proposing a jamboree. We need to tell the President that centenary celebration is not the answer to the problem of under-development in Nigeria”.

Famakinwa urged the President to reflect on the prediction by an international agency that the country may disintegrate, if certain measures are not taken.

He added: “The answer lies in the convocation of a national conference to resolve the outstanding issues gernmane to peaceful co-exixtence”.

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