- Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has said that he is not silent regarding the quit notice issued to Igbos in the north
- Atiku says he has chastised and has continued to speak against the ultimatum by the coalition of northern youths
- The elder-statesman says Nigerians must not allow anyone to misguide them into dividing the nation
Alhaji Atiku Abubabkar has said that he will not in anyway keep quiet and watch some misguided elements divide Nigeria.
Atiku made the statement in reaction to claims by the Southwest wing of the Ohaneze Ndigbo, that the former vice president was mute over the Igbo quit notice saga.
In a statement by his aide, Paul Ibe, the elder statesman said he was one of the first northern leaders to condemn the ultimatum by the coalition of northern youths.
Atiku said the southwest leader of the Igbo social-cultural group, Nathaniel Uzomah, intending mischief is accusing him of being silent.
The former vice president went on to point out where he out-rightly condemned the Arewa and other northern youths for asking Igbo to leave the north in 3 months.
Atiku's statement partly read: "Atiku Abubakar reminds everyone that the Southeast and the North are two regions united by a common history. Some of the most prominent South-easterners actually had their humble beginnings in the North. Nnamdi Azikiwe and Odumegwu Ojukwu were both born in Zungeru, Niger State. Many others, too numerous to mention, were also birthed in the North and vice versa.
“By virtue of their age, many of our youths may not know that the first elected mayor of Enugu was Umaru Altine, a Fulani from Northern Nigeria elected in 1956. Or that a year later a South easterner, Felix Okonkwo, was appointed a member of the Northern Nigeria House of Chiefs.
“With such rich legacies, we can’t afford to allow misguided elements to divide us. Nigerians must talk to each other, not at each other. The whole of Nigeria is greater than the sum of her parts."
The ex-vice president also commended the efforts of Acting President Yemi Osinbajo for ensuring that the leaders of the different zones are brought together to dialogue.
Atiku stressed that he believes Nigeria must remain one.
He said: "Nigeria is one united country because we, who are committed to Nigeria’s unity are more than those few who are not.”
In a similar vein, Atiku has said that June 12 and the events that brought it “are part of our country’s history and cannot be forgotten, especially because of the unity and comradeship displayed by Nigerians on that Election Day in 1993.”
Atiku, who described the late Abiola as a businessman, philanthropist and patriot, noted that the events of June 12, 1993 remained a watershed in the history of the nation.
It partly read, “The Waziri commended Nigerians for moving beyond the challenges thrown up by June 12 and putting in place a democratic system of government that has lasted for 18 years.
“He said that it is a testimony to the innate democratic nature of Nigerians that today, democracy is flourishing in the country, adding that the restructuring of the country as being demanded by some well-meaning Nigerians would further consolidate democracy and give greater impetus to the unity and development of the country.
“According to him, restructuring of the country would lay a solid foundation for prosperity and self-reliant development across the country by introducing healthy competition among the constituent parts of the federation based on the principle of comparative advantage.”
The former Vice President described the late MKO Abiola as the leading personality of the June 12 struggle as a national “Hero and Patriot” deserving of accolades and honour by Nigerians.
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