Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo has stated that though he strongly believes in the existence of Nigeria as a single nation, it should not be at any cost.
Obasanjo stated this on Wednesday during his investiture as a fellow of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS), organised by the Ogun chapter.
The elder statesman called on those agitating for the disintegration of the country to shelve the idea and work for unity.
He stated that it is better for Nigeria to remain as one indivisible nation, noting that “disintegration is not the solution.”
“It is better that Nigeria stays together and finds solutions to its challenges than for each tribe to go its separate way,” Obasanjo said.
“I am a strong believer in one Nigeria, but not one Nigeria at any cost — one Nigeria where every Nigerian can feel proud that he or she has a stake in this country.
“Those of us who have shed part of our blood and sweat for this country, we did so because we wanted a country where every Nigerian can claim as his or her own.
“I believe that if we talk among ourselves the way we should, and if we change the narrative, I believe this is a great country.
“The fact that we are not making Nigeria what God wants it to be is not the fault of God, but our fault, particularly the leaders.”