From Umar Dankano, Yola
The former Military Head of State, Gen.Abdulsalami Abubakar (Rtd) has cautioned Nigerians agitating for restructuring of the country not to throw away the baby with the bath water.
General Abubakar said this in Yole during the at the 23rd convocation ceremony of the Modibo Adama University of Technology, Yola Adamawa state, where he was conferred with a Doctorate degree of letters of Science by the university.
Abubakar said the country need to dissect the critical issues raised by all those in the forefront of pushing for Nigeria’s restructuring and address them frontally.
He said although there is no agreed national consensus on what restructuring truly mean and form it take on the context of current realities, the country needed all the peace it can get to overcome nationhood challenges.
He enjoined Nigerians to celebrate togetherness rather than lamenting on their union as a country, while cautioning against unguarded statement capable of causing tension in the land.
“The reality is that, Nigeria can be far better than it is currently, that is why we must not throw away the baby with the bath water.
“We need to dissect the critical issues raised by all those in the forefront of pushing for Nigeria restructuring and address them frontally.
“Although, there is no agreed national consensus, on what restructuring truly mean and form it would take on the context of our current realities, I believe it is important for this debate to be devoid of statement that could heighten tension in the land.
“We need all the peace we can get, as we seek to overcome our nationhood challenges.
“At the attainment of independence in 1960, Nigeria was a country with much promise, our founding fathers and mothers, decides and in spite of our differences wanted a nation that works and one that would be pride to Africa and the black race.
“Painfully these efforts were casual in 1996, through the first military intervention. The combined tireless efforts of our country’s media and struggle of civil societies activists, as well as the military’s own understanding, that it has to subjects itself to supremacy and superiority of the will of the people, expressed through the ballot box, ushered in the current democratic dispensation in May 1999.
“Since return to democracy governance in Nigeria, the efforts to, promote good governance and development continued, although this has not been without challenges
“If there is no peace there is no nation, as Nigerians this is the time to promote peace and strengthen the bone of unity because there is unity in diversity.
“Let celebrate our togetherness rather than lamenting our union as a country “.Gen. Abdulsalami added.