Published on Aug 21, 2017 Greenbarge Reporters
President Muhammadu Buhari has made it clear that it is only the National Assembly and the Council of State that have legitimate right to discuss the structure of Nigeria and other issues relating to national unity. In Radio and Television broadcast to the nation today, Monday, two days after his return from 103-day medical vacation in the United Kingdom, Buhari said: “the National Assembly and the National Council of State are the legitimate and appropriate bodies for national discourse.
“The national consensus is that, it is better to live together than to live apart.”
President Buhari said that while no one should be denied the right to express his or her grievance in the democracy, the issue of Nigeria unity and oneness has long been settled.
“The beauty and attraction of a federation is that it allows different groups to air their grievances and work out a mode of co-existence.
“Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood.
“In 2003 after I joined partisan politics, the late Chief Emeka Ojukwu came and stayed as my guest in my hometown Daura. Over two days we discussed in great depth till late into the night and analyzed the problems of Nigeria. We both came to the conclusion that the country must remain one and united.”
The President emphasised that every Nigerian has the right to live and pursue his business anywhere in Nigeria without let or hindrance, believing that the very vast majority of Nigerians share this view.
President Buhari who said that he was distressed to notice while in London that some of the comments, especially in the social media have crossed the national red lines by daring to question its collective existence as a nation, charged the Security Agencies not to let the successes which his government has achieved in the last 18 months to be a sign to relax.
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