Historical dating of ethnic divisions in contention, by Presidential aide

Historical dating of ethnic divisions in contention, by Presidential aide

President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that the gistorical dating of ethnic divisions has always been in contention in Nigeria since the amalgamation of the North and Southern Protectorate in 1914 by Frederick Lugard. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina disclosed this.on NTA’s Good morning Nigeria programme themed, “January 15

President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that the gistorical dating of ethnic divisions has always been in contention in Nigeria since the amalgamation of the North and Southern Protectorate in 1914 by Frederick Lugard.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina disclosed this.on NTA’s Good morning Nigeria programme themed, “January 15 in Nigeria’s history”, Friday.

He stated that the 1966 Coup in Nigeria was a mistake, but the military administration was not a total failure in terms of development.

“1966 Coup was a mistake that we should learn from…That Coup emphasized ethnic divisions. Like I had said at some fora, when people talk about a divided nation, I tell them that Nigeria has always been divided right from 1914 amalgamation when we were forcefully coupled together as a Country, we have always been divided.

“The features may be more emphasized at a particular times…The nature of the killings that happened in the 1966 Coup even further emphasized the division in the Country.

The presidential spokesman explained that the Civilian leadership has been left to make its mistakes and lessons have been learnt from it.

According to him, “With the benefits of hindsight amount to a mistake because the Country and its politicians have been allowed to make their mistakes and learn from it.

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“Now, military rule in itself was not entirely a disadvantage because we saw some development under the military that we didn’t even see in subsequent Civilian administrations.

“We had very developmental issues in this Country just like in the military. So, we couldn’t say that it was all entirely zero.

“The Civilian leadership has been left to make its mistakes and learn from it, and correct it, Nigeria would have been better off than what eventually happened to this Country”.

He also said, “The 2007 general election was possibly the worst in our history. So, elections at getting better. But the reasons that were given for 1966 Coup still remain in Nigeria 30 years after. That means that we must continue to learn the lessons and correct them as we go forward in this Country”.

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