Atiku Urges Nigerians Not To Take Country’s Unity For Granted

Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has called on Nigerians not to take the continued unity of the country for granted even as he lamented that 40 years after the civil war, the country’s leaders could still be playing ethnic and religious games to gain power.

In his centenary message to the country, yesterday, Atiku urged Nigerians to look above the structural fragments that divide the nation, saying that the victims of the ineptitude leadership were neither divided by ethnicity, tribe nor religion.

“As we mark the centenary celebration of the amalgamation of the Lagos colony with the Northern and Southern Protectorates by the British Colonial occupier forming one country, Nigerians need to pat each other on the back for we have truly come a long way. However, we must redouble our efforts towards building a stronger and more united Nigeria rather than concentrating energies on division or breakup.

“The recent clamour by some of Nigeria’s leaders for a renegotiation of the continued being of Nigeria are dishonest and an unnecessary distraction from the future that we can build. Such leaders need to concentrate their efforts on tackling the challenges ranging from lack of security to addressing poverty and unemployment through infrastructural investments.

“The victims of structural ineptitude are not distinguished on the basis of their ethnicity, tribe, religion or region. It is also a truism that both the perpetrators and their victims are Nigerians, and secession will not fix these woes.

“Rather, if our leaders devoted more energy to dealing with these basic challenges facing the ordinary Nigerians, ethnic and religious differences would have sunk to the background as people are able to focus on opportunities available to them,” Atiku said.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Nigeria needs to break. Simple. Its becos of the oil in Niger area that is why you northern don’t want separation. Had it (oil) been in the north, so long you herds would have secede

  2. Nigeria needs to re-united. Simple. Its bcos of the oil in niger delta area that is why you the most fewer want our country to separate. and its not bcos we dont have oil thats y we dont want the separations. No… Look at the 60% desert country niger republic hav their own oil, than what do u think about the northern nigeria? For ur information. accoding to the latest research,nothern nigeria hav a plenty of oil more than ur own. Pls go and make a research.

  3. OUR Nigeria needs to re-united. Simple. Its bcos of the oil in niger delta area that is why you the most fewer want our country to separate. and its not bcos we dont have oil thats y we dont want the separations. No… Look at the 60% desert country niger republic hav their own oil, than what do u think about the northern nigeria? For ur information. accoding to the latest research,nothern nigeria hav a plenty of oil more than ur own. Pls go and make a research.

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