Nigeria can disintegrate if… –Prof Akunyili

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From TONY OSAUZO, Benin

Contrary to views in some quarters that Nigeria could not disintegrate, former minister of Information and Communication, Prof Dora Akunyili warned yesterday that nobody should brag that the country cannot disintegrate. Delivering the Convocation lecture of the Benson Idahosa University, Benin, with the theme “Quest for Security and National Integration: The Hope for Nigeria,” the former Director-General of National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, said: “We need to work hard to ensure unity of the country. For peace to prevail, various groups must talk about it. We must negotiate our unity and togetherness because we are a diverse people. We have to agree on how best we can come together to acheive unity.”

She faulted the hierarchical structure of the Nigeria Police, saying that it was defective and too cumbersome for effectiveness. “Nigeria is too big for one central police command under the Inspector General of Police and that is a setback in the quest for security in their various states. “Let the state Commissioners of Police be answerable to the state governors. State governors should have some level of control over the police.

There should, therefore, be a way to give state governors the power to control state Commissioners of Police without necessarily undermining the authority of the Inspector General of Police,” she said. She advocated for increase in salaries as well as insurance policy for police personnel, just as she called for reform of the judiciary and the police to earn public trust.

“Nigeria’s budget for security in 2013 should be used for the purpose. Police salary structure is a disaster. It is unacceptable. How can an ill-equiped policeman put his life on the line for others?” On Boko Haram, Prof. Akunyili called for neutral persons to be asked to negotiate with the terrorist group and suggested that such talks should hold within the West African states.

“I believe that Boko Haram problem will be solved faster if we embrace dialogue, no matter how painful and humiliating this may appear. I feel strongly that they will show up if they trust the negotiation process,”she submitted She also commented on the increasing spate of kidnappings in the country and observed that the menace had endured because of payment of ransom to kidnappers. “I wish people should stop paying ransom. We should try and close our minds to ensure that this malaise stop.”

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      • @Ashiwaju-D-Ole, THUNDER WILL FIRE UR ENTIRE FAMILY AND UR GENERATIONS TO COME… I DON’T KNOW THIS WOMAN IN PERSON BUT FOR U TO COME HERE TO ABUSE A MOTHER, A SISTER AND A GOOD CITIZEN OF BIAFRA NOT NIGERIA , THIS MEANS U NEVER HAD A MOTHER, IT MEANS U WERE BORN AND RAISED BY AN ANIMAL.. I PETTY WHO BROUGHT U TO THIS EARTH.. IM SURE U R A CLEAR EXAMPLE OF UR FAMILY AND THE TRIBE U CAME FROM… WITHOUT BEEN TOLD ONE MUST KNOW WHERE U COME FROM BY THE NAME U ANSWER… U DESERVE TO BE TAKED IN A ROOM AND DRILL OUT ALL THE BLOOD IN U AND LEAVE U LIKE A STOCK FISH WHILE UR BLOOD WILL BE USED TO FEED DOGS…THIS IS THE TYPE OF TRIBE PEOPLE IN THIS EARTH WANTED US BIAFRANS TO SHEAR THINGS IN COMMON WITH.. WE MUST GET OUT OF THIS NIGERIA OF DIRTY TRIBES. DIRTY IN PERSONS HEART.A TRIBE WHERE WOMEN FEED THE MEN, A TRIBE OF DIRTY PEOPLE.

      • This prodigal son is calling Akuyili ashwo. Your mothers occupation is haloting. You were born out of prostitution. Your sister is ashawo
        Your grand mother is ashawo
        Your father is homo
        All member of your family were born of out ashawo.

        I wish your closer, the best thing is to handle u and show you the way to respect people/

        Igaba. Prodigal son calling a responsible person, ashawo. Say it again and see what wil happen to u. You will certainly be tracked down.

        stupid idot

      • @Assiwaju. You must be a fake drug dealer that was dealt with otherwise, there is no justifiable reason to insult her . As a Nigerian, she has the right to seek any political office, air her views and belong to any Body. Her views may or may not be the best but then she has the right or the opportunity to voice it out just like you or anyone else. I am sure you have never met her but the Agency she worked as Chief Executive may have given you a blow below the belt. No apologies for that. Just be a good citizen of Nigeria, do your business in a genuine manner, don’t cut corners. If you register your products, NAFDAC will protect your business by ensuring that nobody, repeat nobody fakes your product and goes free. If you are clean, you will love her. If you are on the other side of the divide, who fake drugs, you will hate her. That explains your hatred . It is understood.

      • Asiwaju You can never Produce a Ph.D holder in ur family and your Insulting a Lady Professor, U will never see a good thing in your life

    • Nigeria will not disintegrate, but we all need to come together rather than abuse each other. Those who go on forums and use ethnic diatribes to insult other ethnicities show their level of education. Only an illiterate will abuse others to satisfy their lack of vocabulary or ability to enter civil discourse. There are those of us who believ in our country, and will always fight on the side of “ONE NIGERIA” Like it or not this amalgamation is here to stay, and any group that tries to destroy our country better hope they win or else this time there will be war crimes trials for the looser. War is horrible, and maybe through dialogue we can accommodate each other. Governors should never be in charge of a police force, can you imagine what will happen to the opposition? What we need is an incorruptible judiciary with speedy trials, well equipped police force with disciple and more educated officers, and the national assembly passing laws to curb armed robbery, kidnapping, fraud and extortion. These law breakers should lead by example, not continue to steal our collective heritage. And finally no right thinking individual should reach out to terrorists, that automatically translates to capitulation and will result in more carnage. Beat the terrorists to submission, then if they want to beg, allow them room to surrender with those who committed murders jailed.

      • Brother jo, you did not say why nig must be one or why any group that wants out will not be allowed to live, and since you said that the amalgamation is here to stay why is it said that after 100 years of it any group will be free to opt out?

  1. This woman is over ambitious. she want to be a Governor of her state & there after proceed to to Federal. She has to think back that she was a classroom teacher and a house wife. Pls. go and cook Ofe- olugbu and pound akpu for your husband.

    • believerinheaven on

      What is wrong with her aspiring for governorshop or presidency ? ? Once a woman completes waning her children she becomes free to aspire for any position as long as her husband accepts. Besides she is a chridtain and has rights unlike those that lock up women and treat them like slaves

    • wagod, why publishing your ignorance and sense of stupidity? Is it a sin for one to aspire for greater height? It is people like your illiterate mother that are relegated to only cooking by their illiterate husbands like your father.
      Keep mute if you don’t useful contributions to make.

      • Prof. Akunyili, I salute your courage. You are a neutral person because you are always speaking well and you have possession good quanlities of leadership in this country.I call for other Ibo leaders should emulate you.

    • Little boy you are a foolish person to have talk to my lady like this , it appears you do not have or refused to accept good family noams.
      some

    • So there are still people like you in this Nigeria? Here is a woman of intelligence and you begrudge her the position of leadership that is du to her. She made NAFDAC what it is today that the Chinese even reckon with it.

      She was not a classroom teacher but a pharmacist-researcher-scientist. In Europe the classroom teachers are highly regarded but because Nigeria is ill of men with no vision, a person can be denigrated or din a classroom teacher.

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  4. I agree with madam that nigeria’s continued existence as a nation or its disentigration is 50 to 50 and so it is either we work harder to make it work or get drowned in the deceitful believe that it can’t break. On security and policing, the governors are already too powerful to move nigeria forward so additional powers will be inviting anarchy. On b.h, dialogue without addressing the economic strangulation is a waste of time. Just like b.h, kidnapping is as a result of insecurity corruption from leaders and ecomonic dispowerment. @ wagod, without knowing you personally, from your brainless contribution one must pity your wife whom you have reduced to semi-human. From your uninformed brain, how many countries have women as their president?.

  5. Prince ojokolobo on

    Prof Dora, you are right to some extent. But d truth must be told. You cannot destroy our educational system and send your children abroad for good education and expect the children of the poor to allow u to sleep with your eyes close at home?
    2. Corruption is working on four legs in Nigeria from Otueke to Otta you can see corruption dancing ajasco and owambe with EFCC and ICPC as Djs.
    3. Take a look at the NAFDAC you left years ago now fake drugs every where. So also NDLEA with poor leadership narcotic drug everywhere and our children been destroyed on daily basis. So leadership and corruption is our problems,tackle it and you will see kidnap, boko haram no more.

  6. I feel some people should shut their dirty mouth if nothing positive is coming from them; @ Wagod take note. Akunyili only made a suggestion on the way out of the many problems facing us, and so, such does not call for unguarded statements from some persons. That said, i still disagree on the call for a state police or our political governors having control over the state police commissioners. Most of our governors are wicked, and would use such to intimidate their perceived political enemies.

  7. Either “we” do this… Or “we” do that… Who is this we? As far as I’m concerned this “we” is imaginary because T̶̲̥̅̊h̶̲̥̅̊e̲̅ loyalty of every nigerian lies elsewhere and not to nigeria.

  8. Nigeria police should learn how to work together with network provider such as MTN, Airtel and co, to enable them find out the location’s of those criminals both Boko Hram and Kidnaps and track them down……… Police have arrested many Nigeria’s here and other people that committed different crimes through their telephonic conversation with the help of their network service provider……. so i think our police can seek for the assistant of those network providers in Nigeria to enable them track down those criminal through network signal

  9. wagod, you are a branded fool who does not think before urine begins to run from your mouth. Your IQ is very very low. The prof made some strategic statements which is very vital. Although I don’t agree with her on the issue of negotiating with the bastard group called Boko haram. However she is entitled to her opinion and does not call for abuse from such retched folks as you are. Wgod. the aboki.

  10. Wagod or whatever u call yourself, if your dont have the intellect to discuss issues, you better keep quite rather than exhibiting your ignorance and shallowmindedness. What has the Lecture Dora delivered got to do with political ambition to rule Anambra state. Wake up doll head

  11. Wagod you are as mad and brainless as Ashiwaju-D-Ole. Both of you are prodigal sons who will never return. either you like it or not Akunyili has made her landmark achievement in this country. but madam we are not negotiating with those bastards called boko harm .

  12. akuyili nigeria will break your head , u think everythig is ok beacuse u are traveling with security u think nigeria will not break.are u blind ,dont u see the hand writing on the wall, how few people sold BIAFRA land to cameroun,telling Biafrans that nigeria have no reason to appeal ,what a shame. Biko mind your word

    • I think your sense of reasoning and understanding is extremely too low. If u have understood what the woman is taking about, your response wil not be this way.

      Some of you are just like dum and deaf in one room. If this is a skill ful newspaper company, they would have been publishing every nonesense forward to them.

      Half baked newspaper with unqualfiied editorial team.

  13. The prof… U hv spoken wel… Bt i disagree wt ur suggestion dat police should be a bit b controled by Govns… Thank u… More unction 2 function.

  14. @Efula, why are you insult all family of a person because of what he did wrong.You can see yourself, how you Ibo people are most doesn’t have respect for anybody. This is a lesson for Ibo people to learn how to respect the dignitu of an individual in society.

    • haruna..and I guess the person Efula insulted his family is the same person who insulted a woman who happens to be another person’s family..Olodo..read between the lines..useless Aboki

  15. Madam Akunyili is still one of the best brains Nigeria has ever produced. So if she aspire to be a governor of any state in Nigeria, she is well qualified in all ramifications. In fact if not the type of politics we practice in Nigeria, she should go for the presidency!

  16. Haruna sako dont refer Igbos as not being respectfull or wat becouse wen Ashiwaju-D-Ole and Wagdog insulted Prof Dora Akunyili who happen to be an Igbo did you caution them but if its Igbo now you people will grow strenghth

  17. It is extremely unfortunate to hear people calling this respectable woman names. Can’t we for once be sincere to our conscience. Madam, you can aspire not just for governorship, but even the presidency. We are solidly behind you. God bless you and Nigeria at large

  18. Ashiwaju-D-Ole and Wagdog or watever your name is called your names really reflected in your sense of reasoning and comment and i wonder why Sunnews auditors could allow such a myopic,brainless and senseless people like you guys to even comment in this sensitive forum in the first place.Sunnews am really desapointed at you people for allowing this two rogues and the liker of them to comment in this forum.Prof Dora Akunyili we love you so much and ride on

  19. @ Ashiwaju-D-Ole Tribalism and hatred have beclouded our sense of reasoning .Sometimes am baffled by the comments of some people that I feel ashamed to be a Nigeria. Where are we heading to. Hatred for no just cause is all you read in some comments. Do you know this woman to call her dog and ashawo. Do you know how many life this woman saved by her fight against fake drugs. Let us learn to take the message and leave the messenger.

  20. Our Igbo women are always responsible and the best African women in the whole world and Prof Akunyili is not exception.
    Above all, they are beautiful, intelligent, hardworking, clean, Godliness, etc…

  21. Madam prof I agree with you totally but on the issue of paying ransom to the kidnappers, the victims are not happy that they are paying the hard earned money but is frustration and in respect to Asiwaju and Wagod comments, they should be highly ignored, this shows how useless they are and have been to the society. I love you prof

  22. This is how they insult their mothers..Madam NAFDAC i miss you badly..am waiting forth to see you grace our NETWORK NEWS again..i cant’ forget the role that woman play in favour of JONATHAN when he was ACTING PRESIDENT.

  23. I disagree with madam due process on boko haram and agree with Oscar. Until this government is tough on boko haram, their sponsors and leaders, we will not get no-where. The real solution is to return power to the north and all these senseless and irrational bombing and killing will stop. Boko haram is the political-religious weapon of the jihadist north. The South (SW, SE& SS) are still in denial – may be blind and stupid.

  24. Odogwu_Aganaga on

    the case for state police is not objectively and substantially argued, i.e., making it possible for the advantages to be wieghed against the disadvantages to the citizens at large.

  25. @Ashiwaju ur tribe and family is the greatest ASHAWO includig ur sister.
    @ Wagod, ur pure illiterate, she never aspire for governorship post rather senator what is wrong in it, go and study FOOL.

  26. She removed feeding bottle from herself, believing she can become a senator and continue to steal Nigerian money with her co-legislooters. But she failed woefully. She was the favourite of Turai yaradua’s housemaid. She cooks and clean her bedroom, because she wanted to remain close to Turai’s husband then. She lost all the respect we had for her when she was in nafdac. She is now struggling to remain relevant. The lesson to learn here is that, you don’t have to be a bootlicker or a traitor to succeed in life.

  27. BOKO HARAM
    She spoke about boko haram,but i want to surgest that dialog with B.haram should be discouraged,they dn’t ‘ve good reasons to support this senseless bombings,that is why they ‘re faceless till this moment,their main motive is to distract the present administration and paint it black because power has moved frm the house,Yoroba’s to the easten side,if power move anti clockwise bombings will stop instantely. So the F.government should use every means witin her power to stop the activities of this pigs(B.H.),they can’t be stronger than the F.government

  28. This woman is a complete hypocrite. She is crying woof becos she lost to ngige.A beg go kitcen go cook akpu for ur husband that where her yeye phd ends.

  29. @ wagod,4rm d way u talk,can’t u see dt Dora is profesor of everything including ‘ofe olugbu’.? & you and ur family will always smell d sweet aroma of dt delicacy bt will nt taste it till u die.@ Ashiwaju,i never expect u 2 spk well…ASHAWO pikin

  30. DO NOT COMMENT BLINDLY AND DOGMATICALLY. READ AND THINK DEEPLY BEFORE YOU GIVE YOUR COMMENTS. DO NOT ATTACK OTHERS TRIBE, FAMILY, RACE, RELIGION, AND SECT BECAUSE OF LOVE. DO NOT REPEAT SIMILAR MISTAKES THAT YOU ABUSING OTHERS FOR.

  31. Prof. Dora have made a good suggestion concerning boko haram,according to her, “i believe that boko haram problem will be solved faster if we embrace dialogue,no matter how painful and humiliating this may appear. I feel strongly that they will show up if they trust the negotiation process”. Sentiments apart,the military approach 4 d pass 3yrs had not yield d desire results.why don’t we use a combined approach including dialogue? If u recall,according to b/h leader, d first spokeman of boko haram,Abu qaka arrested in kaduna was sent to negotiate on behalf of d group. A trusted negotiation process will solved d problem faster as suggested by prof. Dora.

  32. FEMI AJETUNMOBI USA on

    THANKS PROF DORA AKUNYILI, YOUR IDEA IS WELCOME AND HAS EVERY RIGHT TO RUN FOR OFFICE OF YOUR DESIRE. I DO ENJOY YOUR DIALOGUE WITH PROF,SENATOR NGIGE. PLEASE DO NOT ADVOCATE DIALOGUE WITH BH. THE GROUP CREATED ITSELF AND ITS COLLABORATORS, SO, IT SHOULD DESOLVE ITSELF JUST LIKE ROBBERS FADE AWAY. NIGERIA NEEDS PROGRESSIVE PEOPLE LIKE YOU. ALL HANDS SHOULD BE ON DESK TO ENFORCE OUR LAWS AND FIND COMMON GROUND TO RESOLVE OUR DIFFERENCES. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO OUR NATION.

  33. I APPRECIATE THE MINISTER 4 SAVING MILLIONS OF LIVES DURING HER TIME AS NAFDC DG.
    TODAY FAKE DRUGS,HERBALISTS, GREEDY DOCTORS & PHARMACISTS VE TAKEN OVER, MATERNAL MORTALI RATE HAS GONE HIGH.
    NIGERIANS DON’T GO 4MED CHEKUPS
    AGBO MEDICIN MEN ARE THRIVING
    TOO MUCH NONSENE. . . . .
    MY VEXATION WITH D MINISTER IS DT SHE ‘LD ‘VE SEEN IT COMING. U LEFT UR PLACE OF DIGNITY & LIVESAVING TO BUY DAT IDEA OF CONTESTING IN A CONTAMINATED POOL OF DISGRUNTLED WOLVES.
    NOW U ‘VE COME TO REASON WIT ME DAT DIS WILD-SHIP BY D WEAKEST CAPTAIN MIGHT CAPSIZE IF . . . .
    THIS IS WHAT I’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT NIGERIA.
    BUT D MINISTER WAS ONCE D MOUTH PIECE OF D RUTHLESS GOVT, THEN NIGERIA NIDED REBRANDING, NOW DAT D POL. PENDULUM IS NOT ON HER SIDE, NIGERIA MIGHT CAPSIZE.
    OFFCAUSE D WEALTHY WILL FLY ABROAD . . . .WEN DIS HAPENS
    MY ADVICE 4MY LOVELY SISTER IS TO APLY TO THE UNITED NATIONS FOR A BETTER POSITION WHERE UR VALUE WILL BE APPRECIATED.

    DIS TYPE OF A THIN CAN NEVER EVER HAPPEN IN D U.S. A

    NDI ARA ! ARAGBAGBUKWA HA DIA

  34. Yes, Nigeria can disintegrate if things continue to happen the way they are. 1914 was a historical accident and not a divine act. So unless we do the right thing, it’s just a matter of time and the country will go the way of former USSR, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia that have disappeared from the world map.

  35. Mama akunyili capital no to dialoque with cows. Abi have they told u their grievances. Did the central govt used boko groundnut, rice, beans, cotton, onions, cattle etc to dev. other part of nigeria?

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