Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has averred that the disintegration of Nigeria at this time when Africa is trying to reintegrate for political, social and economic development,will be “almost idiotic.”
Obasanjo, who made the comment in light of the recent happenings in the country and the increased agitations for separation, called on the campaigners to jettison the idea and work for the unity and oneness of the country.
He added that it is better for Nigeria to remain as one indivisible nation, rather than for each tribe to go its separate way, noting that the citizens of the Oduduwa Republic or the Biafra Republic will always play second fiddle to Nigerian citizens.
The ex-president made this position known at the luncheon and investiture organized by the Nigerian Institution of Surveyor, Ogun State chapter at his Presidential Library (OOPL) Abeokuta. held on Wednesday.
Although Obasanjo further decried the present situation in the country, saying it is not palatable, he stated that efforts in the unity of the Nigerian people will solve the issues.
“One thing that gives us strength is our diversity. If all that we have is Republic of Oduduwa for those who said so, their position is understandable. If that is all we have, members of that country will be diminished compared to be a citizen of Nigeria. Citizens of Oduduwa Republic or any other republic from Nigeria will be diminished compared to citizens of Nigeria,” the statement read in part.
“In this age and time that we are talking about the reintegration of Africa for economic development, disintegration of any country will be almost idiotic if we have Igboland as an independent country, Yorubaland an independent country and Fulani/Hausaland an independent country.
“I believe it will cost us less to work for our unity, there are many things wrong, but those things are correctable if we make efforts to correct them and hold us together than what it will cost us to break up and be perpetually at war and all our money will be spent in building an army. I know what an army contains, I know what it means to keep an army, an army that may not be productive, let us think about it”, Obasanjo stated.