A former Military Head of State, General Abdullsalami Abubakar has
said the major challenge facing Nigeria as a nation now was national
unity and cohesion.
General Abubakar, who spoke while responding on behalf of those who
received awards from Modibbo Adama University of Techbology, Yola,
observed that in as much as some of the agitations were legitimate,
national unity and way forward should be uppermost in the minds of the
He said, “Presently, different agitations ranging from restructuring,
resources control, self- determination to state police among others are
too much for the country to contend with at a time when the economy is
“Such agitators should not be based on sentiments and sectionalism.
It should be agitations that will be cherished by all the sectional,
ethics, religious and other collaborators.
“If there is no peace, there will be no Nigeria and if agitations are
based on sentiments whatsoever, it breeds sentiments and hate speech
leading to unrest.
“This is the time Nigerians should dwell much on peace for all the
tiers of government to provide the much needed dividends of democracy to