Kano State governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has stressed the need for unity among Nigerians saying the country would lose its long-earned respect in the comity of nations of it.
He made the remark yesterday against ongoing secessionist agitation in some quarters.
The governor spoke in Abuja at the second public lecture series organised by the All Progressives Congress (APC) Press Corps.
While speaking on the topic; “Sustaining a united and indivisible Nigeria: A myth or reality”, he urged such agitators to have a change of heart and give dialogue a chance.
“The world will not respect Africa anymore if Nigeria comes to harm and our ‘Mandela The Great’ won’t sleep well if we blow up this opportunity to lead the black race. That is why we the leaders need to come together to appeal to our aggrieved people who are agitating for self-determination at this time.
“The ‘Biafran’ agitators and a small section of the Yoruba nation agitating for Oduduwa Republic should therefore always have this at the back of their minds in their political calculations and transformations. It is on record that the great Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, the first president of Nigeria, was an Igbo man and also a perfect negotiator and foremost champion of Nigeria’s unity.
“The same for the great Chief Obafemi Awolowo. He never agitated for secession. He was loud and clear on restructuring of the federation. And that demand is even louder and the debate is on and no one is troubling agitators for agitating for restructuring of the federation. What is more, the governing party, the APC has a working document already on this (restructuring). This is the way we should all go. There should be no secession distraction at this time.
Speaking in the same vein, former Imo State governor and senator representing Imo West in the National Assembly, Chief Rochas Okorocha, noted that the main reason for agitation is injustice.
He noted that the nation is going through a very difficult moment and facing a big threat.
“What we must do as a people is to address the issue of injustice as a nation, starting from the stomach injustice which we call hungry. For instance, I don’t have any enemy from the North or South West”.
While speaking further, he stated that “every leader that emerges in this country must treat Nigeria as a family, must never show segregation of any kind. If you know an Igboman, an gboman is not asking for anything, he is asking for a level playing ground.”
Former Senate President Ken Nnamani noted that the call for restructuring is being clamoured for some quarters is being misunderstood by a lot of Nigerians.