– Former President Obasanjo spoke of the need for Nigeria to remain as a united nation and not disintegrate
– Nonetheless, the respected statesman said that it should be possible at any cost to ensure that Nigeria remains united.
– Obasanjo said it was almost idiotic for anyone calling for the reintegration of Africa to disintegrate for economic development purposes
Abeokuta, state < / strong> – Nigeria’s former President Olusegun Obasanjo says that although Nigerians would be better to stick together than separate, national unity should not happen at any cost.
The former President said this in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, when he was inaugurated as a Fellow of the Nigerian Institution of Surv eyor (NIS), organized by the Ogun Chapter of the Body of Fellows of the NIS, reported Premium Times . p>
He was with the Words quoted:
“I firmly believe in a Nigeria, but not in a Nigeria at any price, but in a Nigeria where every Nigerian can be proud that he or she has a share in this country . “
Put the idea off, Obasanjo told the secession agitators
He said it was better for Nigeria to remain an indivisible nation , than each tribe has to go its own way.
Obasanjo, recognizing that Nigeria overcomes challenges, insists that “decay is not the solution”.
“It is better for Nigeria to stick together and find solutions to its challenges than for each tribe to go its own way.
< blockquote> “I firmly believe a n a Nigeria, but not a Nigeria at any price, but a Nigeria that every Nigerian can be proud of that he or she is involved in this country. “
Obasanjo’s note that Nigeria’s diversity remained a major source of strength, stated that disintegration would lead to “weak republics”.
Secession almost idiotic
Strongly against the secession agitations, the former president also said it was” almost idiotic “to push for the disintegration of Nigeria while Africa is orienting itself towards political, social and economic reintegration, reported Daily Trust .
He cited examples from Pakistan, Yugoslavia and Sudan as countries that have broken out but have not yet found permanent solutions to their problems.
< p class = "align-left"> He said:
“In this age and in the time in which we are about the Wied When talking about the integration of Africa on economic development, the disintegration of any country will be almost idiotic. “
Obasanjo, others meet in Abuja
In the meantime, has one Group of Nigerian Elder Statesmen, labeled with the Interfaith Initiatives for Peace, a me. convened to discuss “urgent questions” in the country.
The group is jointly led by Obasanjo, Sa’ad Abubakar, Sultan of Sokoto; Abdulsalami Abubakar, former head of state, and John Onaiyekan, former Catholic Archbishop of Abuja.