Former senator, Salisu Ibrahim Musa Matori, has said that Biafra can go if Nigeria as a whole agrees not to live together.
The ex-senator who represented Bauchi south from 1999 to 2003, said Nigeria has reached a cross road, "It is either for us as a nation to agree that we want to live together or otherwise, but we must learn from the mistake of others.
"If the people of Biafra want to go, let them go. Let this administration not make the mistake of forcing people to live where they don’t want to live," he said.
Matori stressed that Nigeria must not let the situation metamorphose into some senseless ethnic battle, adding that the interest of the people must override the selfish interests of their leaders.
The former Senate committee chairman on transport, made allusion to the agitation by Southern Sudan, stressing that all options brought to the table must be thoroughly scrutinized, as failure to do so might be detrimental.
He called on Nigerians to come together and discuss. He noted however, that the dialogue should not be not in the usual setting of national conferences in which hidden agendas are proposed.
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The statesman gave insight as to the problem besetting the nation, he said: "When we were kids, we didn’t know the difference between Christians and Muslim. We used to love each other and live in peace, families have both Christians and Muslims before, but they introduced religion in politics."
"We have seen what has happened in Kaduna and Plateau, so enough is enough, anybody that feels they can Balkanize Nigeria, it’s enough, they should go," Matori concluded.