Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has spoken out against proponents of the Yoruba and Biafra nations, saying it is “nearly insane” to call for Nigeria’s breakup at a time when Africa is moving toward political, social, and economic integration.
Obasanjo addressed at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta on Wednesday at a luncheon and investiture of Kehinde Isijola as the new Ogun State Chairman of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS).
The former Nigerian leader acknowledged that the situation in the country remained distasteful; nonetheless, he stated that the country’s disintegration is never the solution.
Instead of blaming God, Obasanjo suggested that Nigerians blame themselves for the country’s woes.
The Balogun Owu claimed that everyone in Nigeria is concerned about the country’s state, and that anyone who is not concerned is a human being without being human.
He stated that “Any Nigerian who is human will be apprehensive about security, economy, political situation and the drum of disintegration of the country.”
The ex-President prided himself as “a strong believer of one Nigeria, but not one Nigeria at any cost.”
The statesman advocated for one Nigeria where every Nigerian feels proud that he or she has a stake in Nigeria.
Obasanjo posited that citizens of Biafra and Yoruba nations will be diminished compared being citizens of Nigeria, stressing that “our strength is in our diversity,”
“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,” he added.
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