- A former head of state has listed Nigeria's major challenges
- Abdulasalami Abubakar said lack of unity, peace and cohesion is a threat to the country's existence
- He also said that Nigeria's economy cannot contend with the level of agitations and calls for restructuring it is experiencing
A former military head of state, Abdulasalami Abubakar, has called all Nigerians to work together towards preserving the nation's unity.
Abubakar said Nigeria's major challenge is unity and cohesion.
The former military head of state while speaking on behalf of award recipients at the Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola, said Nigeria's economy cannot contend with the level of agitations and calls for restructuring presently ongoing.
Abubakar said it is important for the citizens to dwell more in peace to enable the three tiers of government provide the much needed dividends of democracy to the people.
He said: “Presently, different agitations ranging from restructuring, resources control, self- determination to state police among others are too much for the country to contend with at a time when the economy is not buoyant.”
Also speaking on the legitimacy of some agitation, the former military general said such should not be based on sectionalism or sentiments.
“Such agitators should not be based on sentiments and sectionalism. It should be agitations that will be cherished by all the sectional, ethics, religious and other collaborators.
"If there is no peace, there will be no Nigeria and if agitations are based on sentiments whatsoever, it breeds sentiments and hate speech leading to unrest.
"This is the time Nigerians should dwell much on peace for all the tiers of government to provide the much needed dividends of democracy to the people," Abubakar said.
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He also enjoined all the graduating students of the institution to use the knowledge so far acquired to develop themselves.
NAIJ.com earlier reported a former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu, said that Igbos have a better chance of producing a president in 2023.
The former governor while speaking in Umuahia on Sunday, November 5, said the Igbo people will have to wait for President Muhammadu Buhari to complete his second tenure in 2023 before contesting.
Kalu also added that the future of the Igbo people lies within the All Progressives Congress party.
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