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Yakassai opposes Abdullahi, backs united Nigeria (By: punchng.com)

Elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, has said it will be in the interest of all Nigerians that the country remains as one united entity.
Yakassai, who is also the Chairman of the Northern Elders Council, also said Nigeria’s diversity, population and land mass were advantages and not drawback.
He said this in a telephone interview with The PUNCH in Abuja, on Sunday.

The elder statesman was reacting to a statement credited to Prof. Ango Abdullahi that Nigerians should go their separate ways if they felt they could no longer live together in unity.
He cited the example of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh which were once part of India but went their separate ways at some point in history after India got its independence from Britain in 1947.
 But Yakassi, who described himself as a strong believer in a strong and United Nigeria, recalled that he went to prison in 1953 on account of his stand for the unity of the country.
He said, “My support for a united Nigeria is informed by my belief that it is in the interest of every Nigerian for the country to remain united and indivisible.
“Two things make a nation to be great, its size and population. The failure of Nigeria is that of leadership not that of Nigeria as a nation.
“With our diversity in culture, ethnicity and geography, any balkanisation of the country will open the gate of further division of the country into smaller and weak units.
“Today’s world is called a global village in which unity is seen as the roadmap to greatness and disunity is the roadmap to perdition.”
According to him, the agitation for the creation of more states in places like Oyo, Kano and Enugu states is a vivid pointer to what could happen to this country if – God forbid – it is divided and everybody goes his way.”
In response to Ango Abdullahi, Yakassai said, “I wonder if people like Ango Abdullahi have a plan, for example, for the North to reach out to the outside world.
“If everyone in the present-day Nigeria will be made to go his separate way; I know in such a scenario the North will not be the only landlocked nation in the world.
“But the question is: what will be the better option for the people of the North? Is it for the North to remain part  of the Nigerian federation or as a landlocked separate political entity?”
He insisted that a large territory, population and diversity made the United States of America the biggest and strongest power in the world today.
Nigerians, he said, should think of the future, not just the present. “Oil alone could not make a nation great, but territory and population can,” he said.

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