Libyan Leader, Mahmoud Ghdafi has remained unrepentant despite all attacks rained on him early this month for advocating a broken up Nigeria. He said about two week ago that the country should be broken into two on religious divide.
He has stirred more hornets nest by requesting that Nigeria should be broken into six entities in his recent outburst, an indication that he had made up his mind and lost hope about a united, strong and assertive Nigeria.
“In fact, Nigeria’s problems cannot be resolved by dividing the country into two states, Christian and Muslim,” Kadhafi was quoted as saying by the official Jana news agency.
Like the former Yugoslavia, he said, Nigeria comprises “other populations who want independence” without religious considerations.
He cited “the Yoruba people in the east and south who demand independence, the Ibo people in the west and south” as well as the Ijaws.
“The model that best fits Nigeria, which comprises many ethnic groups, is Yugoslavia” which was divided into six countries, including Kosovo whose independence has not been unanimously recognised.
The Libyan leader, who enraged Abuja after suggesting Nigeria be partitioned between Muslims and Christians early this month has now proposed the country is carved into “many” ethnic states, according to the report in Jana News Agency.
Senate Leader David Mark has angrily labelled Ghadafi as insane in his last reaction advocating for religious divide when he said earlier this month Nigeria should be partitioned between the Christian and Muslim communities to end its sectarian violence.
He proposed that it should follow the partition model of Pakistan, which was born in 1947 after the Muslim minority of predominantly Hindu India founded their own homeland, led by Mohammed Ali Jinnah.
Kadhafi, until recently head of the African Union, had suggested a Christian homeland in the south with Lagos as its capital and a Muslim homeland in the north with Abuja as its principal city.
The remarks enraged Nigeria which recalled its ambassador to Tripoli over what it said was Kadhafi’s “irresponsible utterances” which had made a mockery of his calls for African integration and unity.
The Libyan leader’s comments had “diminished his status and credibility,” said foreign ministry spokesman Ozo Nwobu, reading from a strongly worded statement which expressed the government’s “very serious concern”.
The statement also accused Kadhafi of “theatrics and grandstanding at every auspicious occasion”.
Kadhafi’s earlier comments came after several hundred people were killed early March in sectarian violence in Nigeria’s central Plateau State.
Plateau State, with Jos as its capital, is the de facto buffer between the predominantly Muslim north and the largely Christian and animist south.
Nigeria’s 140 million population is almost equally divided between Muslims and Christians.
Even thought the earlier utterances and the recent utterances has sent a barrage of tongue lashing to Gahdafi,we are all being reminded of the contempt with which many African countries hold Nigeria in the event of the nation not being able to pull her weight in world.
This is a big challenge to our nation as we are being reminded of our weakness and porosity as we oscillate on the same spot since Independence” a legal practitioner told Emnnews adding that Ghadafi had all reasons to slap Nigeria in the face.
“If you are old, big but weak , the tendency is for all your juniors to push you around while you remain voiceless”