President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday once more stated Nigeria’s unity shouldn’t be negotiable.
Buhari disclosed this in his nationwide broadcast to Nigerians to mark the nation’s 61st independence anniversary.
Buhari, who had up to now stated the nation’s unity wouldn’t be negotiated, in his October 1 handle stated, “Nigeria is for all of us. Its unity shouldn’t be negotiable. And its final success can solely be achieved if all of us come along with a typical objective of getting peace and prosperity for our nation.
“We shall proceed to work on dialogue-based options to deal with reliable grievances. But we stay able to take decisive actions towards secessionist agitators and their sponsors who threaten our nationwide safety.”
This comes amid growing calls for the break-up of Nigeria by secessionists.
Some Nigerians have however called for the restructuring of the country, to give regions or states more power.
Describing the past 18 months as probably Nigeria’s toughest period since the civil war of 1967-1970, Buhari said, “The past 18 months have been some of the most difficult periods in the history of Nigeria. Since the civil war, I doubt whether we have seen a period of more heightened challenges than what we have witnessed in this period.”