57 year Anniversary : I will not allow Nigeria breakaway.. President Buhari
By Mohammad Ibrahim
Oct 2, Abuja: As Nigeria celebrate its 57 year anniversary today, President Muhammadu Buhari vowed to protect the unity of the country, saying he will not allow the country to breakaway. The President disclosed this today Sunday 1st October, 2017 as he addresses the nation. He described those calling for the breakaway of the African most populous nation as irresponsible groups. There have been calls by some youth in Southeastern part of the country for a succession which the president responded by deploying troops to the area few weeks ago.
The President said majority of the youth calling for the succession were not born when the country witnessed its first civil war in 1967 due to such agitations. He urged the leaders in Southeast to call the hot headed Youth to order and make them understand the consequences of making such agitations. Part of his speech reads" Recent calls on restructuring, quite proper in a legitimate debate, has let in highly irresponsible groups to call for dismemberment of the country. We can not and we will not allow such advocacy.
"As a young Army Officer, I took part from the beginning to the end in our tragic civil war costing about 2m lives, resulting in fearful destruction and untold suffering. "Those who are agitating for a re-run were not born by 1967 and have no idea of the horrendous consequences of the civil conflict which we went through. "I am very disappointed that responsible leaders of these communities do not warn their hot-headed youths what the country went through. Those who were there should tell those who were not there, the consequences of such folly.
" At all events, proper dialogue and any desired constitutional changes should take place in a rational manner, at the National and State Assemblies. "These are the proper and legal fora for National debate, not some lop-sided, un-democratic body with pre-determined set of objectives. "Government is keeping up the momentum of dialogue with stakeholders in the Niger Delta to keep the peace. We intend to address genuine grievances of the communities. "Government is grateful to the responsible leadership of those communities and will pursue lasting peace in the Niger Delta.
On security, "Nigerians must be grateful to our gallant Armed Forces for rolling back the frontiers of Boko Haram’s terrorism, defeating them and reducing them to cowardly attacks on soft and vulnerable targets. " Nigeria is grateful to its neighbours and the international community for the collective efforts to defeat this world-wide menace of Terrorism,,"he said.
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