Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, on Sunday, May 16, said that Nigeria would remain a great nation in unity as he advised against secession.
Atiku, in a statement in Abuja, said that Nigerians must grow in unity, glow in community, and must blow away disunity.
“We have no choice, considering the alternative, which is a calamity that we would not wish to return to.”
A true Nigerian is one who is committed to the idea of the indivisibility of Nigeria, he reasoned , adding that a true Nigerian is also a person who is always respectful; even if he disagreed with issues and the differences that exist within the nation space.
Atiku said that such a citizen will also respect the right of others to coexist with him; irrespective of religious, regional, or ethnic differences.
He said that the major challenge facing Nigeria today is that the citizens are drifting; not just politically and economically, but also drifting apart from each other.
“I have often said that the difference between us is not North and South, but between good and bad.
“Therefore, those who are good should come together to show those who are bad that we are in the overwhelming majority.”
He said if at the national level, Nigeria addresses those un-Nigerian tendencies immediately and dispassionately; the country would not have Nigerians congregating at a regional or sub-regional level to address those issues.
He said the country’s present challenges called for concentration and not fragmentation.
“We must concentrate and focus our national willpower and resolve towards fighting these unNigerian tendencies.”
Atiku said that those problems were created by those with a regional mindset; adding that they would not be solved by those with a similar mindset.
“For too long, we have erroneously thought that the power to make effective changes lies at Aso Rock.
“But without the states, nobody can get to Aso Rock. That is why for anyone to emerge as President of Nigeria, he or she must secure enough votes in two-thirds of the states that make up the Nigerian federation.
“Let us apply this wisdom to our present challenges.”
He called on Nigerian Governors to stop waiting on Abuja to make changes, instead convene a National Unity Summit of all Nigerian Governors to iron out the thorny issues affecting the destiny of the nation until they figure out a way to resolve them.