Nigeria’s former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has described as “idiotic” the agitation for the disintegration of the country by some groups.
Obasanjo warned those pushing for secession of the country to shun the idea in the overall interest of all.
The former President made the call on Wednesday while speaking at the luncheon and investiture of Kehinde Isijola as the new Chairman of Nigerian Institution of Surveyor, Ogun State chapter at the premises of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta.
Obasanjo noted that it is better for all ethnic groups in Nigeria to remain together, stressing that it would be “almost idiotic” for Nigeria to disintegrate.
Citing the examples of Pakistan, Yugoslavia and Sudan as countries that had broken away, but yet to find solutions to their problems, the former President said Nigerians should blame themselves for the country’s woes rather than blaming God.
He observed that it was a wrong time for Nigeria to disintegrate at a time and age when Africa was trying to reintegrate for political, social and economic development.
Obasanjo said; “If there is any Nigerian who does not feel apprehensive on the situation of the country, the person is a human being without being human.
“Any Nigerian who is human will be apprehensive, if not frustrated with the present situation in the country. We are apprehensive about the security situation, apprehensive about the economic situation, apprehensive about our political situation and the drum we are hearing is of disintegration of the country.
“I am a strong believer of one Nigeria, but not one Nigeria at any cost, but one Nigeria where every Nigerian can feel proud that he or she has a stake in this country.”
He added; “I believe that if we talk among ourselves the way we should and if we change the narrative, I believe this is a great country. That we are not making Nigeria what God wants it to be is not the fault of God, but the fault of ourselves, particularly our leaders.
“One thing that gives us strength is our diversity. If all that we have is the 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 the Oduduwa Republic or any other republic from Nigeria will be diminished compared to citizens of Nigeria.”