With talks of secession threatening to heat the polity, the peace and unity of a country as diverse as Nigeria cannot be overemphasized.

Rev. Franklin Ihemefor of African Episcopal Methodist Zion Church (AEMZC), Abuja, is one of those Nigerians who feel the same way.

He wants Nigerians to embrace the spirit of mercy and tolerance.

Ihemefor made the call on Tuesday while speaking on ways to build a united Nigeria.

“We should learn how to forgive and forget, show compassion and mercy to one another without any form of grouse.

“Nigerians are one people and this is what everyone should bear in mind to achieve a united Nigeria,” Ihemefor said.

The cleric also urged Nigerians to shun tribal and religious sentiments.

“Those still flying ethnic colours should have a second thought because they are living in the Stone Age.”

Ihemefor asked the National Orientation Agency (NOA) to intensify efforts at re-orienting the populace on the need to stay together.