Former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, has again stated that Nigerians must move on together, saying breakup was not an option.
This is coming on the heels of calls for restructuring and the demand by the separatist Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, for a sovereign state of Biafra.
In a statement issued on Friday by his Media Aide, Paul Mumeh, the former Senate’s President insisted that “the unity of Nigeria is not negotiable”.
Senator Mark gave the statement when he led members of the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) 3rd Regular Course Alumni Association on a courtesy visit to the Kaduna State Acting governor, Alhaji Aminu Shagali, in Kaduna to mark the Golden Jubilee ( 50 years) of their entry into the NDA.
“Those who are agitating for otherwise are missing the point. Nigeria has crossed many crucibles.
“We cannot reverse ourselves. The only option is to move on in a manner that is progressive, peaceful and united.
“We may have our disagreements. But a break up is not an option. We can resolve our differences through meaningful dialogue and genuine conversation.
“There is no use heating up the polity,” he said.
He noted that no matter the imperfections, the nation is greater and better as an indivisible country.
He recalled that he and his course mates were admitted into the NDA in September 1967 saying they were admitted with a mission to “protect and defend the territorial integrity of our nation .
“We were bonded together by patriotism to keep Nigeria one.
“It is a sweet memory and a reunion to gather in Kaduna once again,” he explained.
He stated that the Alumni Association is registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission( CAC) as non- political, non- Profit and a Non-Governmental association.
Responding, the Acting Governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Shagali thanked members of the alumni association for believing in the indivisibility of Nigeria.
Shagali said Kaduna state on its part would continue to work for the peace and unity of Nigeria.
He recalled that even the fear of reprisal attacks when there were some disturbances in some parts of Nigeria were unfounded in Kaduna because the government was proactive.