• Thursday, June 13, 2024
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Nigeria’s unity not negotiable- Buhari tells militants


Following the renewed agitation in the oil rich Niger Delta region of the country with some sections clamoring for restructuring, President Muhammadu Buhari has said Nigeria’s unity is not negotiable.

Speaking at the Sallah homage at his official residence at the Aso Rock, the President also urged those still hiding the countries looted funds to make refunds for their own peace.

He recalled that between 1967 and 1970 the most important task of every military officer had been to keep Nigeria as one indivisible entity .

“On security we have made a lot of improvement, Boko Haram, militants there is improvement. We are now concentrating on the militants to know how many of them in terms of groupings, leadership and plead with them to try and give Nigeria a chance. I assure them that the saying by Gen. Gowon that to keep Nigeria is a task that must be done. In those days we never thought of oil, all we were concern of is one Nigeria. “So please pass this to the militants, that one Nigeria is not negotiation and they had better accept. Nigerian constitution is clear as to what they should get and I assure them, there will be justice‎” the President said to a cross section of Nigerians most of whom were Muslims who paid homage on Wednesday.

He urged those present to also persuade those who were in possession of looted funds to return them for their own good.

“And please persuade those who have plenty of money that does not belong to them to try and negotiate, return it in peace so that both them and us will be in peace otherwise we will continue to request” he said.

Earlier, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo commended the President for his dexterity adding that since resumption of office it has been a time of cleaning the rot left in the system by the previous administration, especially the damages done financially.

Others at the homage include some service chiefs, Representatives of the speaker of the House of Representatives and the Senate President, chairman of the Abuja Municipal Area Council, FCT minister and representatives of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Abuja, chapter.