President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja stated again that the Federal Government is ready to contend with anyone who is against the peace and unity of Nigeria.
”Anybody that tries to joke with the unity of this country has a problem as long as we are alive,” President Buhari said while receiving Eze Abdulfatah Emetumah III, the Offor of Umuofor Kingdom, Oguta LGA, Imo State.
The President told members of the delegation led by the monarch, who is also the Chief Imam of Oguta that his main objective of serving as an elected public office holder is to make the country better.
”Our single objective is how to make Nigeria better and we will never get tired,” he said.
Not for the first time
Buhari’s call for unity isn’t his first in recent times.
Less than a year ago, shortly after his return from a long medical vacation, Buhari addressed the nation and made the following statement: “In the course of my stay in the United Kingdom, 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.”
Then again in June this year, the president told some Urhobo leaders that the country’s unity is non-negotiable. He also expressed a position against restructuring, saying some of the calls for it were driven by parochial interests.
It must be pointed out that more than any other president in Nigeria’s recent history, Buhari has been accused several times of taking actions that are inconsistent with his calls for unity.
Some of the problematic positions by the president include his claim in the United States that those who gave him 5% of the votes may not get as much benefits as areas where he got 97%. The continued detention of Shiite leader, Sheikh El-zakzaky and the military’s heavy-handed tactics in the South East are some other examples.