Saraki urges Nigeria’s unity before restructuring
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has described unity as a prerequisite for Nigeria’s development, stability and greatness. Speaking in Calabar at the retreat of the Southern Senators’ Forum yesterday, Saraki said: “We must always put Nigeria first in the ongoing debate about restructuring of the country and other similar agitations. “As a nation, unity is a prerequisite for development, stability and greatness. Unity is the first focus. Without unity, we can achieve nothing. And yet we know that since the end of the Nigerian civil war, our unity has never been more challenged than at the present time. “There are agitations across the length and breadth of this country that threaten our unity. And this time around, the threats are multi-faceted and the vagaries of modern times have made the issues even more challenging than in the early post-independence era.” He further stated that the founders of Nigeria’s Constitution had envisioned the current agitations, and had put in place guidelines to ensure that the entire country must be on the same page in order to take drastic decisions. The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, called for patience, more enlightenment and dialogue to actualise the restructuring of Nigeria, blaming misconception and ethno-sectional suspicions for the opposition to the idea. He likened Nigeria to a vast building expected to accommodate a multiethnic, multicultural, multireligious, and politically diverse people.