Jonathan to chair ex-presidential candidate’s book launch on Nigeria’s unity

A retired military officer and 2019 presidential candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Gen John Gbor, is set to launch a book on the contraption of Nigeria by the Britain, down to the struggles that heralded the country’s independence as well as sundry issues in the politics.

According to a statement by Chief Executive Officer Risafu Publishers (the publishers of the book), Dr. Tanu Ejenavwo, the book presentation which comes up in Abuja on December 17, 2022, would be chaired by former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, “for his love for Nigeria, who also wrote the foreword to the book.”

He said the 233-page book entitled: ‘Nigeria: A Nation yearning for Moral Regeneration and Unity’, is divided into 10 chapters and authored by an astute retired military officer and second runner-up in the 2019 presidential election on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Maj Gen John WT Gbor (rtd).

“The author, in the first chapter, presented an insight into the main reason underlining British’s resolve to amalgamate the Northern and Southern protectorates in 1914. He underpinned economic reasons among others as contrived purpose why the then British government merged both distinct geographical entities.

“This work captures a vivid picture of contemporary Nigeria, which several factors have constituted bumps in the journey to nationhood.

“The book transcends the historical settings of Nigeria and explained the role of colonial Britain in the contraption of Nigeria. It goes further to assess the colonial policies and British national interests and how they created divisive politics in the polity.

“The book further explains the reason for military interventions and how they created a unitary system and more states in a bid to correct the anomalies inherent in the colonial system.

“The author further crystallizes the struggle by Nigerian nationalist and early scholars that brought about the attainment of independence. He postulates that it was actually the efforts of this group of Nigerians that actually demanded for independence of Nigeria, from the colonial British government. This set of Nigerians considered the country as a whole body, not a fragmented nation divided along ethnic lines.

“The work also put into record the destabilizing roles played by indigenous ethnic and sectional groups which further widen the cleavages of divisive tendencies among the Nigerian people. The author negates the views of those that argue that Nigeria’s problems lay solely with the 1999 Constitution.

“He attempted to save Nigeria from the advocates of disintegration of Nigeria into small nations and viewed the campaign by organizations such as Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance (NINAS), for the balkanization of Nigeria into small nations of the Lower Niger Republic, the Oodua Republic, the Middle belt Republic, and the Arewa Republic, a disservice to nation-building and that such should be disregarded by all.”

The statement added that important dignitaries expected at the occasion include present and past presidents and head of governments, past and serving governors, distinguished and honorable legislators at both state and federal levels, service chiefs, politicians and businessmen, among others.

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