Those Calling For Nigeria’s Disintegration Want To Be Kings In Tiny Islands – Jonathan
President Goodluck Jonathan today took a swipe at those calling for the nation’s disintegration and described them as selfish and ambitious “kings who want to be kings in tiny islands”, even as he taunted them that their dream will not come to reality.
Mr Jonathan who disclosed this at the opening of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, national summit/rally, with the theme: “labour for peace, unity and development”, dismissed insinuations that oil wealth is the strength of the nation, stressing that Nigeria’s glory lies in its size and complexity of its people.
According to him: “We cannot do without peace if we want to develop as a nation, so we need peace and that is why the NLC must be commended for organizing this summit. Presently, we cannot talk about those who are balkanizing Nigeria. I think those who are in that habit just want to be king in tiny island. I believe from the little I know that Nigeria is still being rated as a country to reckon with. Some people think it is our oil that make us thick, no. We have smaller countries that produce oil, we are not even the largest country in terms of land mass in Africa but I think the key thing is the size in terms of the human beings and complexity and so any person who feel that the ijaws should be one nation, the yorubas, one nation, the igbos, one nation, I think they just want to be king without hard work and they will not get it because Nigeria will not divide. We will continue to go on with one Nigeria.”.
Speaking at the summit, chairman of the occasion and former head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, stated that the current security situation in the country has made it mandatory for all true lovers of the country to come together to proffer solution to the challenge.
“I am happy that NLC has chosen to be that agent of change. It shows that NLC is not all about calling out workers on strike and shouting. All Nigerians should help so that in the end we would be able to bring peace that will make Nigeria rank among the best in the world. I do not subscribe to minority, majority slogan. We are all Nigerians and should have equal access to the national cake and should be seen as adding value to Nigeria”, he stated.
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