Presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore revealed that the country is currently facing disunity as a result of foundational challenges that need urgent remedy.
Sowore made this comment on Sunday, November 13 at a town hall series for presidential candidates debate organised by ARISE TV and Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD).
The publisher of Sahara Reporters maintained that the country was not built on a solid foundation from the period it got her independence in 1960.
“We have foundational problems, which we finished discussing — those things that divided us,” he said.
“This is a country put together by outsiders. It is not as if this is the only country put together by outsiders, but our own case is peculiar. Our name, flag, everything about us is lazy.
“We never got it right from the beginning. What is going to unite Nigeria is to solve the foundational problems — it is constitutional. They (citizens) must find identity in that document (constitution); they must know where they belong.
“They must have a right, as a matter of right, to exit if they find it to be a bad marriage. You can’t force people together by creating ministries.
“Do you want to unite Nigerians, do justice to the people of Nigeria? The reason I say so is that I lived abroad for 20 years and there was no day I was asked if I was an American or not because I got my cheque; I got paid.
“I was treated better as a black person in America than I’m treated in Nigeria governed by a black person.”
Sowore, however, exhorted women not to take back seats in governance.