Speaking at the breaking of fast (iftar) with his cabinet at the presidential banquet hall, Aso Rock Villa on Tuesday evening, President Muhammadu Buhari applauded the former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, for working hard to ensure that Nigeria stayed united.
He further stated that the militants and those Biafra agitators were those who never witnessed the civil war which wasted the lives of more than two million people and advised them to think about the civil war and lay down their arms for the sake of posterity.
“The militants in their various homes need to reflect very seriously on what happened between 1967 and 1970. About two millions Nigerians lost their lives. And at that time, as young military officers, you hardly heard of anything about petroleum or whatever money you got from it.
“Look at what General Gowon said: ‘To keep Nigeria as one is a task that must be done’ and every soldier whether he has been to school or not knew what the General meant. But, we were quarreling with our brothers, we were not fighting an enemy and then somebody is saying that once again he wants Biafra.
“I think this is because he was not born when there was Biafra.”
The President disclosed that leading Nigeria is not a joke and acknowledged the numerous problems facing the country, calling on all well-meaning Nigerians to pray for the nation as it is the only way to overcome the present challenges.
“Leading the people is not a joke. It means accepting responsibilities for good or wrong. We need a lot of prayers. This month of prayers and service to God, let’s keep on these prayers all the times, believing that God in His infinite mercy will listen to our prayers, give us peace, security and better the economy once more so that we can quickly rebuild and even do more for the country.
“With the nation’s economy going down… We haven’t developed the agriculture, we’re still trying to talk on those who’ll come and develop the solid mineral for us.
“It’s no news that we are the biggest country in Africa, we’re the economy engine of Africa, which are true by the way. But, we must always be patriotic in our dealings with others.
“It strengthens our resolve to build our country to make it stronger and to make sure that the incoming generations are sufficiently motivated to be patriotic.”
Buhari said this just when the Federal Government has sacked resident doctors in government hospitals a day after they embarked on a nationwide strike.