Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, has couldn’t help contradicting Nigerians who accept that the nation is more separated than it was before the Buhari-led administration came into power in 2015.
Review that previous President Olusegun Obasanjo, Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, previous Minister of Aviation Femi Fani-Kayode, and numerous others have come out to state that Nigeria is currently more separated than it has ever been.
Anyway talking on Channels TV tonight, Adesina said even after the amalgamation of Nigeria in 1914, the nation has consistently remained divided and that the division right now observed the nation over didn’t begin with President Buhari.
In his words
”Nigeria had always been divided right from amalgamation in 1914. Nigeria is an inconvenient amalgamation but we have kept at it and we have worked at it.
“And I tell you that there is no time in the history of this country that the country was not divided. But then, we have kept at it and we are trying to make it work.
“As at 2015 when President Buhari came, Nigeria was terribly divided; divided along ethnic, religious and political lines; divided along language; divided hopelessly and terribly.”
Criticizing those who peddle the claim that the country is now divided, Adesina said
”You see that a number of people, instead of letting harmony return to this country, thrive and luxuriate in widening the gap between Nigerians. They play politics with everything.
So, if they say Nigeria is divided today, it is because Nigeria has always been divided. And all efforts to unite Nigeria and Nigerians never worked
When Nigerians come to a decision point that we must live together, we can’t wish anybody away, then we will be working towards being a nation.”