Dr Ike Neliaku,Chairman, Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) Citizens Summit for National Integration, Peace and Security, has described the country as a strong entity that has become too strong to disintegrate, regardless of various developmental, social and security challenges plaguing it.
Speaking at a media briefing to address critical national matters in Abuja on Thursday, Neliaku noted that while several problems are threatening the nation’s unity and progress, there is a need for a joint collaborative effort to surmount them.
According to him, “the NIPR believes that Nigeria is too strong to disintegrate and we as professionals are committed to making the Nigerian project work”, emphasising that the country’s strength does not necessarily lie in its vast natural and mineral resources, but “its exotic diversity and hardworking people”.
He added: “We have in the last three weeks traveled around some parts of the country, to consult, to dialogue, to meet, to brainstorm with different sections of Nigerians on the heated issues of our nationhood. The outcome of our consultations and deliberations appear very clearly that a greater percentage of Nigerians believe in preserving the integrity of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Another question is why do we have agitations in the East, West, North, South, and in the centre? Our findings revealed that if certain issues that have formed the fundamentals of agitations across the country are resolved, Nigerians will prefer to live together as Nigerians. If matters that have caused certain misconceptions, misunderstanding and distrust, are taken care of by leadership across board, Nigerians will prefer the option of staying together and building a strong, viral and formidable nation in Africa.
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