Saraki urges Nigeria’s unity be­fore re­struc­tur­ing

Weekly Trust - - News - Is­mail Mu­dashir

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.

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