President Muhammadu Buhari has called on the Niger Delta Militants and all those calling for the break-up of the country to work for peace in the country as the unity of Nigeria is not negotiable and to keep Nigeria one is a task that must be done.
The President made the call at the Presidential Villa when residents of the Federal Capital Territory led by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo paid him a Sallah visit after the Eid prayers in Abuja on Wednesday.
The President called on well-meaning Nigerians to persuade the militants to give peace a chance, saying that his administration would continue to ensure justice and fairness in the country.
The President vowed that his administration would ensure that Nigeria continued to exist as a geo-political entity.
He said a lot of success has been recorded in checking the activities of Boko Haram.
“We are now concentrating on the militants to know how many of them are there in terms of groupings, leadership and to plead with them to try and give Nigeria a chance, Buhari said.
“So, please pass this message to the militants, that `one Nigeria’ is not negotiable and they had better accept it.” The president assured the militants that they will get what is stated clearly for them in the Nigerian constitution and that justice will be done.
The President also called on those in possession of Nigeria’s stolen funds to return them peacefully and negotiate with the government.
According to him, Nigeria is seriously in need of the stolen funds to uplift the quality of life of its citizens.
“And please tell those with plenty of money, which does not belong to them to try and negotiate and return it in peace so that both they and us will be in peace, otherwise, we will continue to look for it,’’ he said.
Speaking earlier, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, noted that the past one year had been tough for the government and Nigerians because the administration had been doing a lot of “land clearing”.
He, however, reiterated the administration’s commitment to delivering on its promise of a positive change in the country adding that “things are already looking up.’’
He prayed that the President would continue to get the wisdom and strength to overcome all challenges facing the country.
President Buhari had performed the Eid prayers at the Mogadishu Mosque in Abuja.