Nigeria will Remain United, Say Obasanjo


By Solomon Elusoji

Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has condemned those calling for  the break up of Nigeria, noting that the problem of the country is not in its structure, but in the ‘mentality’ of its citizens.

Obasanjo, who was speaking at the official opening of King’s Celia Hotels and Suites in Lagos, yesterday, said if he had a magic wand, “I would make one wish that God should change our mentality; I believe that is the problem of this country.”

He advised Nigerians not to be deceived by those calling for war, noting that they have not witnessed one before.

The former president went on to state that his wish is for the country to remain as one, an opinion assented to by the former Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Congo and legal practitioner, Greg Mbadiwe, who built King’s Celia in honour of his late father, the Nigerian nationalist, Kingsley Ozumba Mbadiwe and the late Cecilia Mbadiwe.

“Anybody who thinks Nigeria is going to be breaking up is wrong,” he said. “I don’t think so.” However, he pointed out that the recent clamours for restructuring were legitimate. “We need to do more about the equity of this country. We need to see ourselves as our brother’s keepers. We need to share our natural God-given resources together.”

  • moribund9ja

    Nigeria will remain intact , it has nothing to do with Biafran Nation. …idiot.

  • Dunu Anselm

    Obasanjo needs a magic wand to change Nigerians attitude. May I ask you sir what did you do with the ones God gave you. Twice you were given the opportunity to help put the country in order, twice you bungled it because of your hatred for average Nigerian and your uninformed self adoration. Now we don’t need you or your magic because you are fake.
    We are used to your war mongering. You can’t deceive us and you can’t intimidate us. No body is going to war. Nobody is planning any war. It is all in your wicked imagination. All what we want is a true nation where no one is cheated and where there is equity and justice, love and peace which is anathema to you.
    Just retire and stop fouling up the public sphere for this generation. We have had enough of you.