President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerian youths, especially those from the South-East and South-South states to forget about the agitation for the actualization of Biafra and promote national unity. The President who was addressing over 100 National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members serving in Daura local government area, in his residence, on Teusday restated his commitment to the unity and prosperity of Nigeria.
The President who apparently is disturbed by the continuous agitation for the actualisation of the Independent state of Biafra in the South East and some South-South sates urged the youths, especially those from the two zones to remain focused in the pursuit of their dreams and reject those fanning embers of discord and disintegration of Nigeria. “Tell your colleagues who want Biafra to forget about it.” The President said.
“As a military commander, I walked from Degem, a border town between the north and the east, to the border between Cameroons and Nigeria.
“I walked on my foot for most of the 30 months that we fought the Nigeria-Biafra civil war, in which at least two million Nigerians were killed.
“We were made by our leaders to go and fight Biafra not because of money or oil, because oil was not critical factor then, but because of one Nigeria.
“So if leaderships at various levels failed, it was not the fault of the rest of Nigerians who have no quarrel with one another.
“So please tell your colleagues that we must be together to build this country. It is big enough for us and potentially big enough in terms of resources.
“Those who work hard will earn a respectable living. I have seen this country, I fought for this country and I will continue to work for the unity of this country,” the President concluded.
Responding, the Corps Liaison Officer in Daura, Mr Egbewumi Adebolu, thanked the President for the honour of receiving them and making their stay in Daura memorable and assured him that the corp members identify strongly with his administrations determination to tackle unemployment and job creation for Nigerians.