Dr Amina Abubakar Bello, a Sardauna award winner and wife of Niger State governor on Monday asked Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Igboho and Dokubo Asari, the leader of customary Government of Biafra and others advocating for division of Nigeria into separate entities to jettison the idea.
Igboho had some weeks ago unilaterally declared that the Southwest will no longer be part of Nigeria.
In the same vein, Asari had declared himself the leader of the Customary Government of Biafra in which he unilaterally incorporated states in the South-south and Southeast. However, groups and leaders in the two Southern regions have dismissed the proclamations by the two men.
But speaking while receiving the ‘Sardauna of All Time’ award alongside Sen. Rochas Okorocha and Rep. Aisha Dukku (APC-Gombe) on Monday in Abuja, Dr Amina Abubakar Bello urged all Nigerians irrespective of tribe, religion and ethnic affiliations to embrace dialogue and contribute their quota to the national development.
According to her, Nigeria is already too much of a nation and the people are all inter-connected now that it will be difficult to divide it.
“The thing about it is that Nigeria was created on the premise of unity and I think people need to go back and look at that intention and really think about it closely.
She called for the implementation of the 35 per cent women affirmative action which Nigeria was a signatory to further widen opportunities for women in politics.
She stressed the need for more support for women to enable them to run for political offices
We need women at the top of government in the Executive and Legislative arms to ensure that, laws that have been passed are implemented,” she said.
She called on the younger generation to pick up his qualities to help transform the country and build a better and united Nigeria.
”We need to build and bring back the cohesion of northern Nigeria and the country at large especially now that we are facing many challenges.
“People that are calling for Nigeria’s disintegration must think and have a rethink; they should think of our fathers that struggled for the independence of Nigeria.
“Think of those that have struggled after independence, like Gen. Yakubu Gowon, that struggled to bring the country together and those that followed after.
“Think of those that are striving very hard to keep the nation as one, those people that we should listen to,” she said.
The lawmaker said that a lot of goodies await Nigeria when citizens come together as one saying that it is better for Africa and the world at large.