President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday reiterated his administration’s commitment to ensure the continued existence of Nigeria as a united entity, blasting Biafran agitators who are calling for the Southeast break-up from the federation.
The President was at the palace of the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabiru Usman, as part of the activities of his official visit to his home state, where he recalled that over two million Nigerians were killed during the 30-month civil war between 1967 and 1970.
He wondered how some of the biafran agitators who were not even born during the war are now saying they want to divide Nigeria. Buhari stressed that the civil war was fought for the unity of Nigeria because then we hadn’t even discovered oil let alone enjoying it. But two million people were killed.
In his words;
“The way the Sahara is advancing, with Boko Haram, growing number of people and uncertainty over rainfall, in a land where we fought civil war leading to the death of about two million, for someone to just say he will chase us out? So where do we go?”
Identifying with the present difficulties Nigerians are passing through, President Buhari said government was doing everything possible to change the fortunes of the nation for the better. He urged Nigerians who have land to embrace farming “while those who don’t have should learn a trade.”
Traditional rulers were also encouraged to spearhead the campaign for peaceful and harmonious co-existence among the diverse socio-political groups in the country. He enjoined all Nigerians to always ignore those individuals and groups calling for the break-up of Nigeria. Emir Kabir urged residents to intensify prayers for the president saying there are enemies within and outside.
The President also paid a courtesy visit to the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Farouk Umar, where he reassured Nigerians that his administration would continue to promote programmes and policies that would ensure unity, stability and development of the country.