Nige­ria’s unity non-ne­go­tiable – Obaseki

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Us­man A. Bello, Benin

The Edo State Gov­er­nor, God­win Obaseki, has said that the unity of Nige­ria is non-ne­go­tiable, say­ing it is pos­si­ble to make the na­tion great and pros­per­ous again.

Obaseki said this in Benin dur­ing the 20th Wole Soyinka An­nual Lec­ture un­der the theme, ‘Nige­rian State in the Af­ter­math of the Cen­te­nary: Prospect For its In­di­vis­i­bil­ity,’ say­ing that hav­ing the right lead­er­ship at all lev­els of gov­er­nance was the panacea to the re­cur­ring prob­lem of the clam­our for self­de­ter­mi­na­tion in the coun­try.

He said, ‘’The ques­tion of whether Nige­ria has come to stay is a non-is­sue. The real is­sue is what sort of coun­try should we cre­ate for our­selves?”

He said his ad­min­is­tra­tion was mak­ing con­certed ef­forts to pro­vide good lead­er­ship for Edo peo­ple by mak­ing pos­i­tive im­pact in the lives of the youths to en­able them take charge of their fu­ture.

While com­mend­ing the or­gan­is­ers of the lec­ture, Obaseki said the topic was apt and timely, con­sid­er­ing the ag­i­ta­tions across the coun­try.

On his part, Prof. Wole Soyinka, called on all Nige­ri­ans to unite against the com­mon en­emy of cor­rup­tion.

He how­ever said there was no tribe that was against the other or one re­li­gion that threat­ened the other but the league of the cor­rupt that had caused im­pov­er­ish­ment of the or­di­nary peo­ple.

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