Obasanjo: Quest for different nationality idiotic, but one Nigeria mustn’t be at all cost

By Editor on 10/06/2021

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The one Nigeria we fought for is not domination, impunity and injustice from one part of the country against the other, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, a veteran of the three-year Nigerian civil war, has said.

Obasanjo, who not only played strategic roles in the war, but in fact received the surrender documents from the Biafran side, said on Wednesday at his investiture as a fellow of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS), organised by the Ogun chapter, that the idea was to ensure that every Nigerian became proud of the country.

He spoke against the backdrop of the widespread agitations in parts of the country by those seeking self-determination and the carving of different nationalities out of the present Nigeria, saying he was against the idea.

But he maintained that disintegration was not the solution to the crisis in the country, and much as he would like to maintain the unity, it must be in a situation where no part was shortchanged or suffered unjustly by the deliberate actions of the others.

Hear him: “It is better that Nigeria stays together and finds solutions to its challenges than for each tribe to go its separate way. 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. One thing that gives us strength is our diversity. If all that we have is Republic of Oduduwa for those who say so, members of that country will be diminished, compared to being citizens of Nigeria,” he said.

“Citizens of Oduduwa Republic or any other republic borne out of Nigeria will be diminished compared to being citizens of Nigeria. In this age and time that we are talking about the reintegration of Africa for economic development, disintegration of any country will be almost idiotic.

“If we have Igboland as an independent country, Yorubaland, an independent country, and Fulani/Hausaland an independent country, where will the  Jukuns or the Gbasama belong? The only reason they can raise their heads is because they belong to Nigeria.

“Are we thinking of them or are we just being selfish? We should note that it doesn’t matter what we do; we will still be neighbours. We had seen it before. India was broken into India and Pakistan. They are still at war till today. When that happens, we will be spending our money on building armies. I know what is involved in building and maintaining an army which may not necessarily be productive. Let us think about it.”




Source Whirlwindnews.com.ng

Posted on June, 10 2021

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