We can’t separate South-East from Nigeria- Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said Nigeria and Igbo were inseparable while urging the people of the South-East geopolitical zone to abandon what he described as the senseless propaganda of secession.
Buhari said this at the Abakaliki Township Stadium during his state visit to Ebonyi State.
The President said his presence in the state was a demonstration of his strong belief in the unity of the country.
Buhari said, “My presence here today is a demonstration of our strong belief in the unity of Nigeria. As the most populous country in Africa, with over 300 ethnic groups, our diversity is almost unique among nations. “The people of the South-East are known for their ingenuity, industrial and commercial talent. There is no part of Nigeria where you will not find Igbo entrepreneurs, both men and women, contributing to the development of their adopted communities. “So, I am asking you all not to buy into the senseless propaganda on secession. Igbo is Nigeria and Nigeria is Igbo. Both are inseparable. We must, therefore, continue to commit ourselves to the development of Nigeria; a Nigeria where we will sustain our national unity without compromising on our cultural identities; a Nigeria where the aspirations of its people are guaranteed without prejudice to tribe or religion and a Nigeria, where we can sleep at night knowing that tomorrow will be better than today.” Buhari described the task of nation-building as a continuous one. He recalled that the nation’s founding fathers from all parts of the country worked together to actualise the creation of one Nigeria.
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