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President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable, in an apparent reference to tension in the country. 



In his broadcast to the nation this morning, following his extended medical vacation in the United Kingdom, Buhari also directed security agencies to fight and destroy terrorists and criminals “so that the majority of us can live in peace and safety.”

The president’s full speech runs:

“My dear citizens,
I am very grateful to God and to all Nigerians for their prayers. I am pleased to be back on home soil among my brothers and sisters.
In the course of my stay in the United Kingdom, I have been kept in daily touch with events at home. Nigerians are robust and lively in discussing their affairs, but I was distressed to notice that some of the comments, especially in the social media have crossed our national red lines by daring to question our collective existence as a nation. This is a step too far.
In 2003 after I joined partisan politics, the late Chief Emeka Ojukwu came and stayed as my guest in my hometown Daura. Over two days we discussed in great depth till late into the night and analyzed the problems of Nigeria. We both came to the conclusion that the country must remain one and united.
Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood.
Every Nigerian has the right to live and pursue his business anywhere in Nigeria without let or hindrance.
I believe the very vast majority of Nigerians share this view.
This is not to deny that there are legitimate concerns. Every group has a grievance. But the beauty and attraction of a federation is that it allows different groups to air their grievances and work out a mode of co-existence.
The National Assembly and the National Council of State are the legitimate and appropriate bodies for national discourse.
The national consensus is that, it is better to live together than to live apart.
Furthermore, I am charging the Security Agencies not to let the successes achieved in the last 18 months be a sign to relax.
Terrorists and criminals must be fought and destroyed relentlessly so that the majority of us can live in peace and safety.
Therefore we are going to reinforce and reinvigorate the fight not only against;
• elements of Boko Haram which are attempting a new series of attacks on soft targets
• kidnappings, farmers versus herdsmen clashes,
• in addition to ethnic violence fuelled by political mischief makers. We shall tackle them all.
Finally, dear Nigerians, our collective interest now is to eschew petty differences and come together to face common challenges of;
• economic security,
• political evolution and integration
• as well as lasting peace among all Nigerians.
I remain resolutely committed to ensuring that these goals are achieved and maintained.
I am so glad to be home.
Thank you and may God bless our dear Nation.”


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  1. Apt and straightforward.. A leader is a leader..Let's embrace oneness..God bless Nigeria.. God keep Baba Buhari..

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  2. Thank you President Buhari for a concise broadcast, not too windy and very apt and terse.

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  3. The national consensus is that, it is better to live together than to live apart. How was this decision arrived at? Let the people decide on what they want. Ojukwu is not here to collaborate your claim but even at that Nigeria is too big for two persons to decide on what is best for her.

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  4. Together we shall remain forever. We will not allow miscreants to leverage the poverty platform to divide this country. There is no genuine agitation. The same Kanu was seen protesting in favour of Naija unity just few years ago. So what has changed ........Satanic ambition for cheap popularity and political aspiration to be the C n C my foot. Imagine the effontoery displayed by the disgraceful BSS. I am sure the miscreants can read in between the line from the message of the President. Be guided and allow common sense to prevail. GOD BLESS NAIJA.

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  5. you divided Nigeria with your appointments that favoured only the North. your segregative policies gave rise n strength to some agitations down nose drive of economy, you have also done well in d fight against corruption at least we now know our thieves in high places. as a matter of urgency review n put in place sound economic policy(macro/micro) to thrive our economy again. there is hunger in the land Mr President. I wish you well.

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  6. Mr. Anonymous No 2, what is your representatives, governors and perhaps LGA bosses if any saying about our continued existence? They are the ones that can decide your and i faith on this all important issue. Remember, we run representative democracy and not that as postulated by Greece.

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    1. Anonymous 2 agrees with you that the onus is on our various representatives but I believe they will not to an extent act against the interest of their subjects. However I still maintain that two individuals can not decide for a nation of about 200,000,000 people.

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  7. all d comments n d commentators have really comment wel on d issue at hand.
    dis is d trype of comment we need to see not a divisive n senseless one.
    I wish d president long live n prosperity.

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  8. Yes Mr President has correctly identified and addressed the immediate pressing problems of our time. We must all work hard at unifying this nation and positioning it to take its rightful position in the community of nations.

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  9. One Nigeria settled at the alter of Hausa/Fulani dominating the leadership and ruler-ship of Nigeria. No restructuring. No egalitarianism. No equity and justice. No more Federal character in appointments by Buhari. Now trying to Islamise Nigeria by introducing Arabic language as a must for our students. That is how one Nigeria is settled.

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  10. Mr President,thank you.May you live long for us.

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  11. Nigeria's unity is negotiable and cannot be determined by just two persons or even you as the president. Note this.

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