Second Republic minister of steel and one-time strongman of Benue politics, Chief Paul Unongo, has warned that Nigeria risks disintegration if nothing serious is done to arrest the slide.
Unongo spoke at the LEADERSHIP Conference and Awards Ceremony in Abuja this Monday. Contributing to the lead paper, which was entitled "Is the Opposition a Serious Alternative in Nigeria?", he said that the way things were going was not reflective of the wishes and aspirations of Nigeria's founding fathers.
According to him, those who predicted that the country would disintegrate in the next 15 years were only being charitable with time, adding that it could happen sooner.
"Those who predicted that the country will disintegrate in 15 years' time are only being generous with time. For me, the country may disintegrate in the next five years if nothing is done and done very fast. Whatever needs to be done should be done very, very fast," he said.
Unongo premised his fears on the prevailing security challenges in the country coupled with the steady slide to ethnic and religious politics as well as corruption.
He said the time has come for progressives to bond together and agree to work for the enthronement of real democracy driven by service and faith to fatherland.
On the occasion, which was well attended, the award of LEADERSHIP Person of the Year 2011 was conferred on General T. Y Danjuma (rtd) , and Ekiti State Governor , Dr. Kayode Fayemi, as the Governor of the Year 2011.