Jonathan, Gowon caution against break up of Nigeria

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said that Nigeria would lose its global relevance if it splits.

Nigeria, according to Jonathan is great, not because of its oil deposit, but for its large population, size, human resources and diversity.

Jonathan who stated this while answering questions from the State House Correspondents after a meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said if Nigeria allows itself to be Balkanized into small parts, the world would forget it.

The Former President declared his total commitment to a united Nigeria, and said that all Ijaw leaders, including traditional rulers shared his support for one Nigeria.

Jonathan also said he is touch with the militants to ensure that the renewed militancy ends and peace restored to the Niger delta region.

Meanwhile, former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, says there is nothing to fear about the ongoing agitation for the restructuring of Nigeria.

He, however, said such restructuring must be done within the context of one Nigeria.

Gowon speaking while receiving the Senate Vice Chairman on Foreign Affairs, Sheu Sani, in Abuja, recalled that such restructuring was done by his military regime during the Nigerian civil war in 1967.

He said his military regime then created new states, to prevent the eastern states from breaking away, and ensured that no state in the country was big or small enough to pose threat to the country.

Gowon said if Eastern region had been allowed to break away, the map of Nigeria would have been different.



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