South Sudan Must Address Issues of Ethnicity To End Crisis

A former Nigerian Ambassador to Liberia, Adeboyega Ariyo, has said that his predictions about South Sudan at the point of secession are coming to pass, … Continue reading South Sudan Must Address Issues of Ethnicity To End Crisis


A former Nigerian Ambassador to Liberia, Adeboyega Ariyo, has said that his predictions about South Sudan at the point of secession are coming to pass, a situation he expresses sadness about.

Speaking to Channels Television, Ambassador Ariyo pointed out that the crisis was likely to continue, as more ethnic groups were likely to arise and claim their rights.

“The cause of the crisis is ethnicity and it must be addressed. Every man wants to be at the top.

“I predicted that if the South Sudan breaks away from Sudan, they will have ethnic challenges and it will lead to more countries coming out from Sudan,”

“I am not happy that what I suggested will happen is now happening just within two years I predicted it will happen. We should be coming together and not splitting into pieces. The smaller we are individually, the less important we are in the scheme of things,” he stated.

The ambassador pointed out that the persons that called for the secession took a lot of things for granted.

“They did not consider the right of any group to develop to higher level of state of things and their economic right.

“It would have been better if southern Sudan was not created. They should have found an accommodation to solve the problem of Sudan,” he stressed.

He listed the problems of Arabism and territorial democracy as the major issues Sudan had, saying that Sudan should have tackled the problems instead of the secession.

He called on the negotiators to address the issues of ethnicity, before other ethnic groups come up to claim their rights.

“Most of the referendum that ought to have been done is left undone,” he pointed out.

Ambassador Ariyo called on the international community come to the realisation that breaking African countries would create more problems for the continent.