President Muhammadu Buhari has told those agitating for Biafra Republic to perish the thought, stressing the need for all Nigerians to unite to build the country.
Buhari spoke on Tuesday while receiving over 100 National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members serving in his Daura Local Government Area at his residence in Katsina State.
President Buhari, who specifically addressed corps members from the southern parts of the country said: “Tell your colleagues who want Biafra to forget about it. As a military commander, I walked from Degem, a border town between the north and the east, to the border between Cameroons and Nigeria.
“I walked on my foot for most of the 30 months that we fought the Nigeria-Biafra civil war, in which at least 2 million Nigerians were killed.
“We were made by our leaders to go and fight Biafra not because of money or oil, because oil was not critical factor then, but because of one Nigeria.
“So, if leaderships at various levels failed, it was not the fault of the rest of Nigerians who have no quarrel with one another.
“So, please tell your colleagues that we must be together to build this country. It is big enough for us and potentially big enough in terms of resources.
”Those who work hard will earn a respectable living. I have seen this country, I fought for this country and I will continue to work for the unity of this country”.
He also called on Nigerian youths to make Nigeria great again through pursuit of knowledge, patriotism and commitment to values that promote national unity.
Buhari, who reiterated his commitment to the unity and prosperity of Nigeria, urged the youth to remain focused in life, pursue their dreams and reject those fanning embers of discord and disintegration of Nigeria.
The president, who specially recognised corps members from the Niger Delta and South-Eastern states serving in Daura, commended former head of state, retired General Yakubu Gowon for setting up the NYSC in 1973.
He affirmed that the scheme had creditably promoted national unity and cohesion by exposing young people to the uniqueness and cultural diversity of Nigeria.
“I asked for those from the other extreme of Nigeria because I very much appreciate the NYSC scheme and whenever I see General Gowon, I always thank him for that”, he said.
Speaking on behalf of the corps members, Egbewumi Adebolu, the Corps Liaison Officer in Daura, thanked President Buhari for receiving them and making their stay in Daura memorable.
The CLO pointed out that the youths strongly believed in the programme of the present administration to reduce unemployment and create jobs for more Nigerians.
Adebolu also thanked Buhari for his personal gifts of cows, bags of rice and cash to corps members in the community for Sallah celebration.