“Nigeria will remain one God willing” – Buhari

…Says self-centeredness that led to civil war must not repeat itself 

President Muhammadu Buhari has described the civil war that played out between 1967 to 1970 as an act of self-centeredness, saying he wouldn’t want such an incident to be repeated again.

The President spoke through his media aide, Femi Adesina, saying, “Our main objective is the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We are human beings, we have our weaknesses; but I can assure you that the patriotism in us is hard-earned. We have gone through all the troubles from 15th of January 1966 to date. You know what I mean by this; we have killed a million of ourselves in order to keep this country together.

“I don’t think there can be any practical experience more than that. We are Nigerians, God-willing, we remain Nigerians and Nigeria will remain one”, he emphasised.

He, therefore, urged political leaders to stay focused and uphold the ultimate objective of promoting interest of the country, saying, “We are Nigerians; God-willing we remain Nigerians, and Nigeria shall remain one”.

“The self-centeredness that led to the loss of about a million lives between 1967-1970 must not be allowed to repeat itself, noting that the CPC was founded on the bedrock of patriotism and loyalty to the unity of Nigeria”, Buhari stated, while playing host to former State Chairmen of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) at the State House, Abuja.

He noted that the passion and zeal for improving the livelihood of Nigerians, which culminated in creation of the political party had not dwindled, calling for more steadfastness as Nigerians.

President Buhari urged all members of defunct CPC and political leaders to always be mindful of the larger picture by working towards preserving the unity, peace and integrity of the nation. According to him, it was the solid credentials that the CPC possessed that gave the party a prime place in the merger that led to the formation of the All Progressives Congress, (APC).

The President further said other political parties in the merger include the Action Congress of Nigeria, (ACN), the All Nigeria Peoples Party, (ANPP),  along with some members from the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP).

The President thanked former chairmen of the political party, which was merged to form the governing APC, for always highlighting the achievements of the government, admitting that some areas will surely get more attention.

Describing the President as the ‘Patriarch of the CPC’, the Chairman of Forum of State Chairmen of the defunct CPC and former Chairman of the party in Niger State, Umar Shu’aibu, said the party had maintained all its structures across the country, assuring the President of their loyalty, especially in the forthcoming elections.

Shu’aibu commended the President for providing strong leadership over the years, particularly in remaining balanced, fair and above board in electoral issues. He thanked the President for appointing members of the defunct CPC into the FEC as heads of agencies and members of Boards.

He said the CPC had always garnered millions of votes in elections across the country, and would support the APC Presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

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