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Nigeria’s unity negotiable, says Atiku

FORMER Vice President Atiku Abubakar has said contrary to the belief in some quarters, Nigeria’s unity is negotiable.

He explained that a marriage cannot be declared as non-negotiable, when one party is doing everything to sow seeds of discord within the same union.

Atiku said this at a national dialogue and public presentation of a book, ‘Remaking Nigeria: Sixty years, Sixty Voices’ in Abuja, on Thursday.

He said, “I find it amusing when people declare Nigeria’s unity as fixed and non-negotiable while doing everything in their power to destroy that fragile unity.

“Nothing in the relationships among peoples is fixed for eternity. You cannot declare your marriage as non-negotiable while doing everything to sow seeds of discord in that same marriage.

 “You can whip groups of people into forming a country but you cannot whip them into forming a nation. Nations are built through conscious or even unconscious agreement by peoples who believe that being together is, on balance, more beneficial than being apart.”

Atiku also said the government at the federal level had not done enough in nation building, accusing them of undoing the achievements of previous administrations in that aspect.

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