Nigeria’s former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has urged those issuing quit notices and counter quit notices to have a quick rethink as their actions could make the country blind.
He asked for the restructuring of the country that will place premium on state residency, as done in the United Arab Emirates.
In a statement issued by his Media Office, Atiku said: ”Just as I strongly condemned the Quit Notice on people of the Igbo ethnic stock living in Northern Nigeria and the counter quit notices that ensued.
I also vehemently condemn the retaliatory Quit Notice given by certain elements in other parts of Nigeria to persons of other origins be they Northern, Yoruba or any other ethnic grouping within our nation.
First and foremost, it is a fallacy to believe that there are people of Northern or Southern origin. Nigeria only has people of one origin. We are all of Nigerian origin.
As Nigerians, we must be pragmatic enough to realise the obvious truth that an eye for an eye will leave Nigeria blind.
On the alleged hate song in circulation, the former vice President commended the National Broadcasting Commission and the National Orientation Agency for taking steps to sanction radio stations that were guilty of playing ”the Igbo hate song and for embarking on an anti-hate speech drive”.
Nigeria is our only country and our value as human beings is tied to the value of Nigeria. So if we must give ourselves value, we must first give Nigeria value.