Former Vice President and Chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Atiku Abubakar, has said that the country is too old and too big to fail, adding that restructuring the federating unit is what the country urgently need to achieve the desires of its founding fathers.
He, however, commended the Niger Delta youths for rescinding their counter quit notice to persons of Northern and South-western descent to quit the South-South region.
In a statement Sunday in Abuja, Atiku said what the country need was not uniformity but harmony, adding that there is enough in Nigeria for everyone’s need and to meet every bloc’s aspirations.
“Just as I commended Arewa Youths for listening to good counsel and withdrawing the ill-advised quit notice to people of Igbo origin to leave the North before October 1 or face consequences, I similarly applaud Niger Delta youths for rescinding their counter quit notice to persons of Northern and South-western descent to quit the South-South region.
“This news could not have come at a better time as when Nigeria defeated Cameroon 4-0. The Super Eagles scored four goals and none of those goals were scored in the name of Hausa, Igbo or Yoruba or indeed under the aegis of North or South. Each and every of those goals were resoundingly for Nigeria.
“No one disowns a child when he or she is almost 60. Nigeria is too old and too big to fail. Instead of divisions, what we must do is restructure our federation till it is more closely resembles the almost perfect union that our founding fathers chiselled together at the various pre Independence conferences.
“Just like an orchestra, we may all sing differently, but when our voices are blended, together, they give off a richer more melodious symphony than would ever have been possible if we were to sing individually.”
He therefore urged all Nigerians to be hopeful, saying “to be great, every nation must go through struggle. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, if you are going through struggles, keep going. We will go through and emerge better than before. This is my promise to Nigeria.”