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Nigeria’s Unity Sacrosanct – NLC

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By Abdullahi Olesin, Ilorin –

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) will on October 1st  hold rallies in all the states of the federation for a United Nigeria.

The erstwhile vice president of the union, Comrade Issa Aremu announced this in Ilorin, Kwara State yesterday at a lecture organised to mark the 85th birthday of the pioneer chairman of ICPC, Justice Mustapha Akanbi.

Aremu also disclosed that during the rallies Nigerian flag would be hoisted, calling on all Nigerian compatriots to obey the call.

He added that the way restructuring had become another passing fad for some politicians accused of corruption posing as compatriots was worrisome.

Aremu’ s lecture was titled, “Nation building in Africa: The role of African leaders.”

He added, “I agree with President Muhammadu Bulgari that the unity of the Federal Republic of Nigeria  is sacrosanct and settled in our constitution. Unity of the federation is mentioned 31 times in the constitution.

“It should be made an impeachable offense for any governor or legislator who swore to the constitution to openly canvass for ‘regionalism’ ‘separatism’ not known to. The burden is on the president and other elected officials. They must work the talk on national unity project.

“The federal government must revisit the conclusions of the 2014 conference as well as engage all aggrieved Nigerians with a view to rekindling collective commitment to national progress and bringing them from the red lines. “

Earlier, Justice Akanbi said Nigeria’s founding fathers buried their differences and worked for the unity of Nigeria.

“All of our founding fathers buried their hatchet despite the fact they were regional leaders.  They worked in unison to make Nigeria a great nation. They believed in ‘unity in diversity. ‘ Their man focus was to promote order,  peace and good governance and not ethnicity and religious bigotry, corruption and the evils such as we are experiencing.”



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