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Nigeria has never been united, divided right from amalgamation-Femi Adesina

Nigeria has never been united, divided right from amalgamation-Femi Adesina

 

The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has debunked claims that Buhari divided Nigeria, saying the country has never been united.

Adesina was joining forces with his junior colleague, Garba Shehu , to reply former President Olusegun Obasanjo and others who accused Buhari of running Nigeria aground along ethnic and religious lines.

Speaking on Channels TV on Wednesday evening, Adesina said even after the amalgamation of Nigeria in 1914, the country has always remained divided and that the division currently seen across the country did not start with President Buhari.

His words;

”Nigeria had always been divided right from amalgamation in 1914. Nigeria is an inconvenient amalgamation but we have kept at it and we have worked at it.

“And I tell you that there is no time in the history of this country that the country was not divided. But then, we have kept at it and we are trying to make it work.

“As at 2015 when President Buhari came, Nigeria was terribly divided; divided along ethnic, religious and political lines; divided along language; divided hopelessly and terribly.”

Picking on those peddling claims that the country is now divided, Adesina said;

”You see that a number of people, instead of letting harmony return to this country, thrive and luxuriate in widening the gap between Nigerians. They play politics with everything.

“So, if they say Nigeria is divided today, it is because Nigeria has always been divided. And all efforts to unite Nigeria and Nigerians never worked

“When Nigerians come to a decision point that we must live together, we can’t wish anybody away, then we will be working towards being a nation.”

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