Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Friday, said the cost of staying together as a nation is “cheaper than the cost of dividing Nigeria”.
Mr Obasanjo said the “many enemies” who don’t want to see the country’s continued co-existence would fail.
In a statement by his Special Assistant on Media Kehinde Akinyemi, the former President eulogised Sunday Mbang, the prelate emeritus of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, for his steadfastness which had kept their relationship intact over the years and described him as a lover of Nigeria.
Mr Obasanjo spoke at the Book Launch titled: “My Life and Times. A Memoir by Sunday Mbang” organised by the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library and supported by Access Bank PLC, held at the Admiralty Centre, Naval Dockyard, Victoria Island, Lagos State.
While speaking on the celebrant, the ex-president assured the respected Christian leader that the enemies of Nigeria won’t win.
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“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.
“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 nurtured friendship with Mr Obasanjo and since then “we have become brothers, but of different mothers.”
Also at the event, the Akwa Ibom State Governor and Chairman of the occasion, Udom Emmanuel, thanked the former President and the celebrant for keeping together over the years, assuring that they would remain his ‘fathers’.
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