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.
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.
3. 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.
5. Every Nigerian has the right to live and pursue his business anywhere in Nigeria without let or hindrance.
6. I believe the very vast majority of Nigerians share this view.
7. 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.
8. The National Assembly and the
National Council of State are the legitimate and appropriate bodies for
9. The national consensus is that, it is better to live together than to live apart.
10. 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.
12. Therefore we are going to reinforce and reinvigorate the fight not only against;
· elements of Boko Haram which are attempting a new series of attacks on soft targets
· kidnappings, farmers versus herdsmen clashes,
· in addition to ethnic violence fuelled by political mischief makers. We shall tackle them all.
13. 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
· as well as lasting peace among all Nigerians.
14. I remain resolutely committed to ensuring that these goals are achieved and maintained. I am so glad to be home.
15. Thank you and may God bless our dear Nation.
Source: The Precision