Former Nigeria leader Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday in Kano dismissed calls by those advocating the division of the country. Obasanjo, who was speaking when he visited Governor Abdullahi Umar
Ganduje at the Government House to commiserate with the people of Kano
over the death of Maitama Sule, urged those of a division mindset to
purge their minds of such notions.
He described Nigeria as a land of prosperity where the citizens must
continue to learn from each other, live in peace and be each other’s
The former president encouraged all Nigerians to look forward towards a future as a united country flowing with milk and honey.
Obasanjo, who affirmed that Nigeria is a country where everyone is a
stakeholder, said the thought of a divisible Nigeria should disappear
from the minds of those leading such a campaign.
Obasanjo, who extolled the virtues of Danmasanin, said Nigerians need
to learn from his experience, wisdom and what he believed and preached,
which he said would continue to pass to the next generation.
He described the late Maitama Sule as a patriotic Nigerian whose
shoes would be difficult to fill, stating that the likes of the former
diplomat and elder statesman are rare, and that of those still alive,
very few are of his quality.
He identified such honest and exceptional statesmen who are revered
like the late Maitama Sule to include former President Shehu Shagari,
Sule Gaya and Richard Akinjide.
He further stated that the death of Danmasanin was a loss to all
Nigerians, and that everyone should be condoled over the loss, but urged
all Nigerians to emulate the late statesman by rendering the type of
services Nigeria benefited from him.