By Chioma Onuegbu, Uyo
Senator Christopher Ekpenyong, representative of the Ikot Ekpene Senate District, Akwa Ibom State, has highlighted the need to address the problems of nepotism, marginalization and ethnic prejudice that threaten the unity of Nigeria.
Ekpenyong, in a statement made available to journalists yesterday in Uyo, warned that if these issues are not addressed it could lead to another civil war.
He said it is disappointing that the same problems that led the country into civil war are currently fueling upheavals over secession, handover and restructuring of Nigerians.
He noted that anyone who has witnessed the Nigerian civil war would not want the experience to be repeated.
His words, “There is a need to address issues such as marginalization, nepotism, ethnic prejudice and favoritism that threaten the unity and peaceful coexistence of this country.
“These problems that led us down such a regrettable path of civil war that still persist is disappointing. And we are doing nothing to prevent that dark path from happening again in our nation’s history.
“That is why we are having all these agitations for secession, restructuring, the devolution of powers; address economic inequalities, injustices in the system is long overdue. When are we going to learn from that sad experience of war?
“Today we are still witnessing economic inequalities in our system, where infrastructure development, key appointments and employment opportunities are diffused based on ethnic, political and even religious affiliation.
“And if something is not done urgently about the poverty, corruption, unemployment and incompetence in governance that threaten our democracy and national security, it can lead to the Rwandan experience. We still have to heal from the wounds of the civil war “