The Governor of Abia State, South eastern Nigeria, Okezie Ikpeazu has said that the unity of Nigeria is not ‘questionable.’
The Abia state governor made the remark when he paid a condolence visit to the Kano state governor over the death of elder statesman, Maitama Sule, at the government House, Kano.
Ikpeazu, said that “the unity of Nigeria is not questionable because we are all interwoven, both in diversity, tribe and religion.”
He said as someone who has traversed the length and breadth of the country as a student and worker, he has every reason to canvass for the unity of the nation because Nigeria is always ‘a beauty to behold wherever one goes.’
”I have seen the importance of unity in diversity and all I can say is that the only thing we need in Nigeria is to go by the paradigm or by the idiom that says that, if you have dirty hair, you don’t cut it off, you wash it,” he stressed.
He said wherever there are challenges like the secession and quit notice threat in the country, the best thing to do is to talk or negotiate the issues rather than the threaten to separate.
“If there are issues to discuss, let us sit down to talk about them. I do not think that to break the egg would give us the end we desire,” he re-emphasized.
Governor Ikpeazu said the demise of Maitama Sule was a big loss to the nation as he was a bridge builder.
Governor of Kano state, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, said that there was no dichotomy between tribes and religious groups in the state.
He said, in Kano, nobody believed the secession and quit notice threats since everybody was considered to be an indigene of the state, urging people to go about their normal business.
“Provided that you are a law abiding citizen, you can go about doing your business in Kano state.”
He commended the Abia state governor for the visit as it would further cement the relationship between the North and the South East, which he said, was actually the late Maitama Sule’s proposition.