Senator Abdullahi Adamu from Nasarawa West has said Nigeria can not break up along regional lines because the Southern businessmen have more investments in the North than the South.
Adamu said this when he hosted the Tanzanian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Benson Bana, on Friday in Abuja, NAN reports.
“I can tell you authoritatively that the investment of Igbo businessmen in this country is more in the North than in the eastern region itself.
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“I can also say on authority. There are probably more Igbo people living outside the South East than those living in the area.
“Now does it speak well of us when we start advocating that everybody should go back to his or her place?
“We are not realistic with ourselves. I do not have a problem in a democratic setting that you criticise me genuinely,” he said.
He said ”I can accommodate your criticism, I can also have something to say about you, but let there be the spirit of keeping the country together.
“Let there be the spirit that we are brothers, we are one another’s keepers as professed by the Bible and the Qur’an,” Adamu said.
He advised those beating the drums of war to desist.
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Those of us who are old enough to have seen the Nigeria Civil War will not pray for anything like that again.
“I do not want to leave this country. I do not know any other country, I am not dreaming about having any other country but Nigeria.
“So, anybody who does not want this country can go where he wants to go,” Adamu said.
The lawmaker decried the high level of sabotage of government’s programmes in the country.
“It is unfortunate to see a national leader, someone who has an opportunity to lead this country, propagating that everybody should go his way, then something is wrong.
“People are in this government, they will go to their parts of the country, hold meetings and paint the government black and then come back to be a part of it.
“This is wrong because it is contrary to the oath of office they have taken.
“So I think we should talk straight to one another that nobody has a monopoly of bad language or bad mouth.
“Maybe when we start talking this way to one another, we will be getting more sensible,” he said.
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