President Muhammadu Buhari said Nigeria will remain one nation, stressing that a previous attempt to break the country resulted in the killing of millions of citizens in order to keep the nation together.
President Buhari Says Nigeria Will Remain One
The president spoke on Tuesday when he received former state chairpersons of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), at the state house, Abuja.
A statement by the presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, quoted Buhari warning that the self-centeredness that led to the loss of a million lives between 1966 till date, must not be allowed to repeat itself.
Buhari called for more steadfastness among Nigerians and urged political leaders to stay focused and uphold the ultimate objective of promoting the interest of the country.
The president said the passion for improving the livelihood of Nigerians, which culminated in the creation of the political party, had not dwindled.
He said, “Our main objective is the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We are human beings. We have our weaknesses, but I can assure you that the patriotism in us is hard-earned,” he said.
“We have gone through all the troubles from 15th of January 1966 to date. You know what I mean by this. We have killed a million of ourselves in order to keep this country together.
“I don’t think there can be any practical experience more than that. We are Nigerians. God willing, we remain Nigerians and Nigeria will remain one.”
President Buhari also urged members of the defunct CPC and political leaders to work towards preserving the unity, peace and integrity of the nation.
KanyiDaily recalls that Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo had also said that Nigeria is better off as one nation, stressing that no region in the country is better off on its own.