BY ANDREW ESSIEN ABUJA
Kano State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has advocated for dialogue as the most important tool for resolving the many crisis challenging the nation’s unity.
Gov. Ganduje further submitted that the sooner government at all levels take cognisance of the huge infrastructure deficit, shrinking oil revenue, looming food insecurity with a view to fixing them, crisis will abound.
Speaking on Thursday at a public lecture in Abuja organised by the All Progressives Congress (APC) Press Corps, the Kano State governor enjoined secessionists to tow the path of dialogue in their quest to actualize their ambitions.
“Let me repeat here that Nigeria is a united and indivisible country. Our constitution has taken care of that. I don’t see secession as the way out of the current challenges afflicting the nation. Instead, advocates of secession should have a change of heart and I recommend dialogue as a crucial option for addressing their problems.
“Besides, there is a National Assembly where some of the grievances can be addressed. Because dialogue is a far better alternative that costs less than consequences of the wedge that has been erected to frustrate more flow of conversations between the government and citizens to arrive at a national consensus.
“And the sooner we face issues such as the huge infrastructure deficit, our shrinking oil revenue, looming food insecurity as a consequence of insecurity in our agriculture zones, the better. Seriously, we need to focus on diversification of the economy, out-of-school children shame, rebuilding of our tertiary institutions to boost knowledge development for 21st century challenges and other sustainable goals for this great country – instead of applying energies on self-determination agitation that will only diminish us as a people.”
Gov Ganduje stressed that the world will not respect Africa if Nigeria breaks up adding that secessionists must have it in mind .
“The world will not respect Africa anymore if Nigeria comes to harm and our ‘Mandela The Great’ won’t sleep well if we blow up this opportunity to lead the black race,” Ganduje said.
“That is why we the leaders need to come together to appeal to our aggrieved people who are agitating for self-determination at this time.
“The ‘Biafran’ agitators and a small section of the Yoruba nation agitating for Oduduwa Republic should therefore always have this at the back of their minds in their political calculations and transformations.” he said.