President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated his conviction in the indivisibility of Nigeria, stressing that the unity of the country is non-negotiable.
Naija News reports that President Buhari made this known in a meeting with Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State and his Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.
The Kogi governor was at the Presidential Villa on Thursday to brief him of progress so far made in resolving the north/south food blockage crisis.
Speaking after the meeting, Yahaya Bello quoted Buhari as commending the efforts put by prominent Nigerians into reaching peace.
He said: "Mr. President expressed concern over the insecurity in the land. As the commander in chief, he has assured everyone of us based on his security meeting yesterday, that Nigeria is going to be secured, safe and prosperous and I believe in him 100 percent.
"He urged everyone of us to continue to go about our lawful businesses in the country, that Nigeria's unity is not negotiable, that Nigeria must be united, peaceful and that Nigeria must be prosperous."
The Kogi Governor also dismissed reports that he decided to broker the peace deal because he is eyeing to contest in the 2023 presidential election.
He said his intentions and reasons were genuine, adding he was in the peace process on the orders of the President.
"I am not running away from the fact that numerous teaming youths, Nigerians, women, youths, leaders and followers, various groups are calling me to contest for the presidential election in 2023," Yahaya Bello said.
"That is their right, it is within their purview to ask for that or demand that I run as their representative in government today.
"But I have an assignment to carry out, the assignment of ensuring that my state is safe and secured.
"We're doing that effectively by providing leadership in Kogi State. We're taking Kogi State from where it used to be in the past, to a more united prosperous, safe and secured Kogi state.
"Today, they're asking me to replicate the same in the national level that is within their rights. But to say that, when there is another call of an assignment from the Commander-in-Chief on me, to ensure that a little problem that can be solved, should not be allowed to snowball into a larger crisis that would put this country on unknown collision cause, I think I will never hesitate to take up that responsibility, and that I have done successfully to the glory of God and to the satisfaction of majority of Nigerian and Mr. President."
Source: Naija News