Former President, Olusegun Obansanjo on Friday stated that Nigeria will remain one indivisible country.
He said despite the socio-economic and security challenges being experienced in parts of the north, the country will not break up before or after the 2015 general elections.
He spoke at the Global Peace Leadership Conference, 2013, in Abuja.
Obasanjo said the ethnic groups that make up the country are satisfied with the unity, accusing some persons of trying to cause crisis for selfish gains.
While urging Nigerians to ensure peace and stability, he charged the media to channel its energy on positive developments in and around the country, instead of consistently harping on the challenges currently being faced by the country.
“Nigeria is like a country in a lasting marriage. Nigeria will not break up; There will be no divorce in Nigeria. The problem in Nigeria is caused by those who want to make politics out of our existence. Nigerians have no problems ordinarily,” he said.
“They inter-marry without difficulty. All we need to do is to focus on the things that bind us together, rather than always focusing on challenges, which are surmountable. Let those who report paint the picture of the truth about Nigeria,” he said.
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan who was represented by the Chaplain of the Villa, Obinna Onwururumba, also toed Obasanjo’s line, saying Nigeria will not break, but attain greater heights.
Commenting on security challenges, Jonathan said “Our dear country Nigeria recently came under attack of vicious virus of sectarian virus. Your focus on youth is therefore noteworthy considering that the foot soldiers of this destructive extremism are usually recruited from among the youth who are often unfortunately deceived into believing that they are fighting for God.
“This is why all of us, including those who in one way or the other are in leadership positions of our various religions should rally against the distortion and misrepresentation of the sacred teachings of our great religious faith,” he advised.
Chairman and Founder of Global Peace Foundation from the Korea Republic, Dr. Hyun Jin Moon, said Nigeria was one of Africa’s rising hope for the future and called on all stakeholders to embrace peace in the interest of the nation.
He noted that, for its spirituality, Nigeria should seek solace in God rather than in politics to resolve current problems.