Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has hailed the Niger Delta youths for rescinding their counter quit notice to persons of Northern and Southwestern descent to quit the South South region.
The chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in a release on Sunday by his Media Office, recalled that he had earlier lauded the 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.
He said, “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 everyone of those goals were resoundingly for Nigeria.
“No one disowns a child when he or she is almost 60. Nigerian is too old and too big to fail. Instead of divisions, what we must do is restructure our federation till it more closely resembles the almost perfect union that our Founding Fathers chiseled together at the various pre Independence conferences.
“There is enough in Nigeria for everyone's need and to meet every bloc's aspirations. What we need is not uniformity but harmony. 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.”
The Waziri Adamawa, therefore, urged all Nigerians to be hopeful, saying that “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,” also said Atiku.