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    Wednesday, 6 July 2016

    ‘Sovereignty of Nigeria is not negotiable’-Buhari warns militants

    Emmanuel Udom

    President Muhammed Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja told militants from the Niger Delta region, that the sovereignty of Nigeria is not negotiable

    This is coming even as militants are still threatening fire and brimstone over perceived marginalization of the region by government and have continued to attack and burst oil pipelines and other facilities in the region.

    It was the then General Yakubu Gowon, former military head of state that coined the none negotiable toga for the country, as a way of trying to unite Nigeria.

    Speaking on Wednesday while receiving a cross section of Nigerians mostly Muslims who came to the presidential villa to pay him Sallah homage, President Buhari asked the militants to accept that fact and support peaceful efforts to turn Nigeria around.

    He also used the occasion to call on all those who stole public funds to quietly return it before it is too late.
    His words:  “We have to concentrate on the militants to try to know how many of them in terms of groupings, try to get in touch with their leadership, to try to persuade them to please give Nigeria a chance.
    “I assure them that when we were very junior officers, we were told by our leaders, by the Head of State, which was Gen. Gowon, that to keep Nigeria one is a task that must be done…We never thought of oil.

    What we were after is one Nigeria. Please, pass the message to the militants that one Nigeria is not negotiable. And I pray they better accept it. The constitution is very clear…I assure them there would be justice.

    “And please persuade those who have plenty of money that does not belong to them to try and negotiate, return it in peace so that both they and we will be in peace. Otherwise we will continue to request”.

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