Vanguard (Lagos)

11 November 2012

Nigeria Won't Break - Abdusalami

Makurdi — A former head of state, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), has declared that despite the lingering security challenges facing the country and the unhealthy agitations by a few, Nigeria would remain an indivisible country.

"God", he said, "has brought us together."

Speaking with newsmen in Makurdi, the Benue State capital yesterday, after paying a courtesy call on Governor Gabriel Suswam, Abubakar stated that the country was passing through trying moments but insisted that the nation would soon overcome the challenges.

The former head of state noted that Nigerians had intermingled for a long time and lived with obvious developmental challenges which would make it even difficult for the country to break up.

He said, "This is not the first time I am saying this; all the secession threats here and there with the security challenges are mere noise because we have deeply intermingled; wherever you go, you see Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo, Kanuris and others, so there is nothing that can break up this country because God has brought us together".

Abubakar however urged Nigerians to stand up and assist the present administration overcome the developmental challenges facing the nation, adding, "Government alone can not do it, every citizen must join hands with government to tackle the problem of insecurity".

Speaking earlier during a courtesy call on the governor, the former head of state urged young Nigerian leaders to strive at building a virile nation, stating that the future of the country lies in their hands.

Abubakar, in Makurdi to be invested with a honourary doctorate degree by the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, commended Suswam for his developmental projects.

According to him, the state administration had impacted positively on the lives of the people.

In his response, the governor eulogized the former Nigerian leader for mid-wifing the present democratic dispensation, stressing that posterity would not forget him.

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