Ojukwu And I Agreed Nigeria Must Remain One – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari is pleased to be back in the country after his medical vacation in London.
And he has many reasons to be pleased, considering many Nigerians had given up on him coming back alive.
The President in a nationwide broadcast on Monday in Abuja said: “I am very grateful to God and to all Nigerians for their prayers.
“I am pleased to be back on home soil among my brothers and sisters.”
According to him, in the course of his stay in the United Kingdom, he had been kept in daily touch with events at home.
He, however, frowned at some ‘ugly’ incidences that were reported in the social media during his absence from the country.
These include calls for secession by youths from different ethnic groups in the country, a situation which resulted in some Nigerians issuing quit notice from their part of the country to their fellow countrymen.
Although, acting President Yemi Osinbajo seemed to have taken necessary actions to ensure the situation did not degenerate into ugly faceoffs.
He met with traditional leaders and other stakeholders from the North and the South East and agreed that Nigeria’s unity should not be taken for granted.
President Buhari, however, noted that, “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.”
President Buhari reiterated the determination of his administration to continue to ensure that Nigeria remained one geo-political entity.
According to the President, Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable.
The President who left Abuja on May 7, for London to receive medical care arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport in Abuja on Saturday amid mammoth crowd to welcome him back home.