Olusegun Obasanjo, former President, has said the cost of staying together as a nation is cheaper than disintegration.
In a statement on Friday by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo was quoted as saying that those pushing for Nigeria’s break up will fail.
He said this at the launch of a book titled: ‘My Life and Times a Memoir by Sunday Mbang’, which held at the Admiralty Centre, Naval Dockyard, Victoria Island, Lagos State.
The book was in honour of Prelate Sunday Mbang, former president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
The ex-president eulogized Mbang for his steadfastness, “which had kept their relationship intact over the years”.
He also described him as a lover of Nigeria.
“We are here to honour somebody we should honour, and learn from him (Mbang), to show that we genuinely love and appreciate him for the service he has rendered to the Christian community in this country and world over. And to assure him that whatever happens, we will continue to work for unity, peace, security and progress of this country,” Obasanjo said.
“I know that these are things that are dear to his heart. We want to assure you that Nigeria will continue to exist because the cost for Nigeria not to continue to exist is much more than the cost for us to make Nigeria to continue to exist.
“There are many people high and low – who can be described as enemies of Nigeria but they will not win over those who are friends of Nigeria.”
The celebrant recalled how he became friends with Obasanjo and since then, “we have become brothers, but of different mothers.”