Chief Whip of the Nigerian Senate and former Governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, has tasked Nigerians on national unity, saying concerted efforts by all are required to build a stronger economy and ensure sustainable development in the country
He said given existing and emerging economic challenges, the country cannot afford a situation where the citizens are working at cross purposes with different geo-political zones having distrust for one another.
In a statement made available to the media in Abuja on Tuesday, Kalu said; “I am an ardent believer of unified Nigeria. Nigerians are so entangled with each other that we can’t talk about separation.
“We are a united country and our focus should be on taking advantage of our population to build a stronger economy.”
The former governor, who was reacting to the recent violent engagement between members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and security agencies in Enugu, said; “We have reached a point where all Nigerians should be canvassing for strong institutions where rule of law and order are observed.
“Where the hardware and software components of a democratic nation are comprehensively promoted.”
“If the Federal Government permits me, I will go to United Kingdom and negotiate with Nnamdi Kanu to return to Nigeria.
“I will convince him to drop the agitation for Biafra because our people don’t need it”, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Senator said.
Insisting the present times demand all hands to be on deck for the task ahead, Senator Uzor Kalu said; “We need a united Nigeria that will allow different cultures and tongues to live peacefully in any part of the country.
“A country where people can comfortably do their businesses without fear of the unknown,” he said
In reiterating his support and loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari and leadership of the APC, noting that the President and the ruling party have continued to give their best to the country amidst challenges.
He also lauded President Buhari for the infrastructural development extended to the South East and urged all Nigerians to continue to support the Federal Government’s agenda
Kalu also clarified on unverified media reports about him as having said that he would turn Nigeria into a 20th century nation, adding that several media houses have continued to spread rumours and misquote his statements.
According to him, in an online interview he mentioned about turning Nigeria into a 21st century, if given an opportunity to lead the country.
He, however, decried that some bloggers misquoted him to have said 20th century, noting that despite being a friend of the media, he sees no reason for being intentionally misquoted by some sections of the media – With NAN reports