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No right thinking person'll want Nigeria's break up, Obasanjo says of IPOB, MASSOB, others' agitations

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday lamented that at no time in history, has Nigeria been so ‘fractured’ as it is now.

He argued that except for the country’s civil war period between 1967 and 1970, no other time has the country’s oneness been threatened as presently.

He added that there has been an average of twenty hot spots across the country with huge potential for national disintegration in the last four months.

Obasanjo cautioned those calling for Nigeria’s break up, adding that the activities of the Niger-Delta Avengers, Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen has been causing division in the country.

He spoke at the maiden edition of the Nigeria Union of Journalists’ national summit held at Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta.

Professor Peter Okebukola, who represented former President Obasanjo at the event, called on the media to stop fanning the embers of disunity but should rather take the lead in the marching towards greater national integration and development.

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“At no time in our history, except probably during the civil war, has Nigeria been so fractured in the feeling of oneness and belongingness by the citizenry. In the last four months, we have an average of twenty hot spots across the country with huge potential for national disintegration.

“The press should mobilise the masses to strengthen the democratic process and play a crucial role in promoting a culture of tolerance, non-violence and mutual co-existence. For me, this Summit will only be successful if we find a niche for the press in our march to ensuring greater national cohesion, especially at this time in our history.

“Our strength as a nation lies in our unity and national cohesion and I want to entreat you (the media) to begin to preach the gospel of unity in diversity and unity of purpose and cohesion,” he said.

By Ebere Ndukwu …

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