The Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has come down on agitators that are calling for a break-up of the country. The President reminded them that the unity of Nigeria is settled and therefore not negotiable. Because We are one Nigeria.


This was in apparent reference to the current tension in Nigeria created by the activities of ethnic agitators across the country.
He made the disclosure in a nation-wide broadcast this morning and urge security agencies to rain fire and brime stone on terrorists, trouble-makers and criminal elements “so that the majority of us can live in peace and safety.”
Read the full speech below:
My Dear Nigerias
I am very grateful to God and to all Nigerians for their prayers. I am pleased to be back home soil among my brothers and sisters.
In the course of my stay in the London, I have been kept in daily touch with events at home. Nigerians are robust and lively in discussing their affairs, but I was distressed to notice that some of the comments, especially in the social media have crossed our national red lines by daring to question our collective existence as a nation. This is a step too far.
In 2003 after I joined partisan politics, the late Chief Emeka Ojukwu came and stayed as my guest in my hometown Daura. Over two days we discussed in great depth till late into the night and analyzed the problems of Nigeria. We both came to the conclusion that the country must remain one and united.
Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood.
Every Nigerian has the right to live and pursue his business anywhere in Nigeria without let or restriction.

I believe that every expansive majority of Nigerians share this view.
This is not to deny that there are legitimate concerns. Every group has a grievance. But the beauty and attraction of a federation is that it allows different groups to air their grievances and work out a mode of co-existence.

The National Assembly and the National Council of State are the legitimate and appropriate bodies for national discourse.
The national agreement is that, it is better to live together than to live apart. We are one Nigerias and we will not decamp.

Furthermore, I am charging the Security Agencies not to let the successes achieved in the last 18 months be a sign to relax.
Terrorists and criminals must be fought and destroyed relentlessly so that the majority of us can live in peace and safety.

Therefore we are going to reinforce and reinvigorate the fight not only against.
* kidnappings, farmers versus herdsmen clashes
* elements of Boko Haram which are attempting a new series of attacks on soft targets
* in addition to ethnic violence fuelled by political mischief makers.
We shall tackle them all.
Finally, dear Nigerians, our collective interest now is to eschew petty differences and come together to face common challenges of;
• economic security,
• political evolution and integration
I just want to use this opportunity to say thank you to all the Nigerias for your players and your care, Am really grateful I am so glad to be back home.
Thank you and may God bless our Nation. One Nigeria.

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