GEJ Says If We Fragmentise Nigeria, We Will Be Forgotten


Former President Goodluck Jonathan, fondly GEJ, on Wednesday paid a visit to President Buhari at the state house in Abuja.

The ex-president said he was against the disintegration of Nigeria.

GEJ after the closed-door meeting said he was working with other leaders to find solutions to the crisis in the Niger Delta.

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President Jonathan spoke to newsmen at the presidential villa said he was at the villa to report his international engagements to the incumbent president.

GEJ said he was staunchly opposed to the secession of any part of the country.

GEJ Sues For Peace And Unity

He said:

“It’s not just about me but about all the traditional rulers, elders and opinion leaders that are of the Ijaw ethnic nationality.

“We have been in touch to see that peace reigns in the country.

“Those of you that have followed my talks when I was here, my emphasis is that we need a united Nigeria.

“And I always emphasize that Nigeria is great not just about the oil – so many countries produce more oil than Nigeria nobody notices them.

Concerning secession, Jonathan was of the belief that it won’t be in the best interest of Nigeria if it is fragmented into small components.

“We are great because of our size, the human resources we have, the diversity we have.

“If we fragmentise the country into small components we will be forgotten by the world.

“That has been my focal position and without peace, there cannot be development anywhere in the world.”

The former president said he and other Ijaw leaders are working collectively to see that issues are resolved.

Earlier media reports had said Jonathan’s intervention had averted the declaration of the Republic of Niger Delta by the militants.

Jonathan, however, declined to speak extensively on the anti-corruption war being waged by the present administration. that had revealed many wrongdoings during his tenure.

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