President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that anyone who witnessed the civil war between the now rested Sovereign State of Biafra and Nigeria will never clamour for its return.
The President said, “Nigeria is a one united nation, which can never be divided by anybody’s selfish interest.”
He therefore, called on his Ministers and indeed, Nigerians at large to pray for the country.
He gave this charge Tuesday night while breaking fast with members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), mainly his Ministers at the presidential banquet hall of the Aso Villa, Abuja.
His words, “It strengthens our resolve to build our country to make it stronger and to make sure that the incoming generations are sufficiently motivated to be patriotic.
“It is no news that we are the biggest country in Africa, we are the economy engine of Africa, which are true by the way. But, we must always be patriotic in our dealings with others.
“Let me assure that the time of Ramadan is making us more conscious of what leaders at every level ought to do, and leading the people is not a joke. It means accepting responsibilities for good or wrong,’’ he said.
He further recalled the economic challenges and the agitations for the sovereign state of Biafra.
President Buhari reminded the agitators of the Nigerian Civil war that claimed over 2 million lives.
“We need a lot of prayer. Certainly, with the nation’s economy going down. We haven’t developed the agriculture; we are still trying to talk on those who will come and develop the solid mineral for us.
“The militants in their various homes, we need to reflect very seriously on what happened between 1967 and 1970 where about two millions Nigerians lost their lives.
“And at that time, as young military officers, you hardly heard of anything about petroleum or whatever money you got from it.
“Look at what Gen. Gowon said; `To keep Nigeria one is a task that must be done’ and every soldier whether he has been to school or not knew what the General meant.
“But, we were quarreling with our brothers, we were not fighting an enemy and then somebody is saying that once again he wants Biafra.
“I think this is because he was not born when there was Biafra. We have to reflect on the historical antecedent to appreciate what is before us now and what we intend to leave for our children and our grand children,’’ he warned.
President Buhari thanked the ministers and other members of the cabinet who have identified with his government despite all odds.
Speaking on behalf of FEC members, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, expressed gratitude to the President for inviting them to break the fast with him.