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.”