President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday lashed out at agitators for a break-up of the Southeast from the federation in the name Biafra.
He said his administration would ensure continuous existence of Nigeria as a united entity.
Leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra Nnamdi Kanu, is on trial for treason at the Federal high court in Abuja.
Speaking at the palace of the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabiru Usman, as part of the activities of his official visit to his home state, the President recalled that over two million Nigerians were killed during the 30-month civil war between 1967 and 1970.
“But recently, some people who were not even born during the war are saying they want to divide Nigeria.
“I always say the civil war was fought for the unity of Nigeria because then we hadn’t even discovered oil let alone enjoying it. But two million people were killed,” he said.
The President added: “the way the Sahara is advancing, with Boko Haram, growing number of people and uncertainty over rainfall, in a land where we fought civil war leading to the death of about two million, for someone to just say he will chase us out? So where do we go?”
The President who admitted that he knows the difficulties that Nigerians are passing through said government was doing everything possible to change the fortunes of the nation for the better.
He urged Nigerians who have land to embrace farming “while those who don’t have should learn a trade”.
He urged traditional rulers to spearhead the campaign for peaceful and harmonious co-existence among the diverse socio-political groups in the country.
He said the call had become imperative in view of the activities of some groups which are preaching hatred, disunity and divisive tendencies among Nigerians for their selfish motives.
He enjoined all Nigerians to always ignore those individuals and groups calling for the break-up of Nigeria.