- Chief Olusegun Obasanjo spoke about the need for Nigerians to be united
- The former president noted that the system was not perfect
- He however said the need for unity must be embraced by all Nigerians
Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has called on those who are calling for the break-up of the country to desist as Nigeria cannot afford to disintegrate.
The former president was speaking on the backdrop of recent development in the country sparked by a quit notice issued by Arewa youths to Igbos in the north to vacate in 90 days.
Vanguard reports that Obasanjo spoke in Makurdi, Benue state during the maiden forum of the Zero Hunger Initiative over the weekend.
Obasanjo noted that although the Nigerian system was imperfect, it was better to correct these things rather than calling for disintegration.
He said: “None of us should be tired of doing our best for this country. I have confidence in Nigeria and we all should.
“Those who keep singing the songs of disunity, whether young or old, are doing this country a great disservice and should desist. And those who have led this country at any level in the past have greater responsibilities to ensure the country works, rather than singing songs of disunity and war.”
The former president also commended the state government for its initiative predicting that it will soon be the main food basket of the nation.
He applauded Governor Samuel Ortom saying “though I do not eulogize leaders when they are in office but if your daughter dances well in public, you will have no choice but to tell her that she, indeed, danced well.”
Meanwhile, acting president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, described Nigeria’s union as that of a marriage that occasionally has to deal quarrels but it is important for them to make up.
He said: “Today is a special one for Wale and Wura. Marriage is a very large institution that requires a lot of prayers.
“It is the same marriage that nations go through. Our nation has been in marriage for a while now. Sometimes there are quarrels within that marriage. Sometimes there is disagreement. What is important is that you must remain together. You must remain united.”
Watch a NAIJ.com TV video below of Osinbajo speaking about Biafra and the unity of Nigeria.