Nigeria’s unity not negotiable, Buhari tells Biafra agitators

Chidi Samuel

President Muhammadu Buhari today once again advised those those toying with idea of breaking up the country to perish the thought because according to the President, the unity of Nigeria is not negotiable. The question of having another country out of Nigeria, in the thinking of the President was misplaced.

Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the President on media and publicity, said in a statement that the President spoke at a meeting he had with the South-East Council of Traditional Rulers at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

According to the President, “The question of having another country out of Nigeria is going to be very difficult.  From 1914, we have more than 200 cultures living with one another. God had endowed this country with natural resources and talented people.  We should concentrate on these and be very productive.”

Responding to specific issues raised by the delegation , President Buhari assured the delegation that the South-East will also benefit from the new railway architecture being put in place by his administration while stating that he was “very conscious of the sensitivities of the South East”, on account of which, he gave the region’s four out of five states senior ranking Ministers in the Federal Cabinet.

The President therefore appealed to the traditional rulers from the South East to persuade their people to give his government a chance and to continue to serve as beacons of culture and traditions of their people.