President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Abuja met with Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi, where he urged all Nigerians to conduct their legal business as “the unity of the country is not negotiable.”
Speaking to House correspondents at the end of the meeting, the governor said the president reiterated his position to hold the nation together by all means, when he informed him of the decision of the Amalgamated Union of Food Traders and Cattle of Nigeria (AFUCDN). to cancel their strike.
Bello, who praised the president’s efforts to address national challenges, said:
“The president expressed his concern about the insecurity in the land.
“As Commander-in-Chief, he has assured us all, based on his security meeting yesterday, that Nigeria will be protected, safe and prosperous, and I believe in him one hundred percent.
“He urged all of us to continue our legal business in the country, that the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable, that Nigeria must be united, be peaceful and that Nigeria must be prosperous.”
The governor revealed that the president had agreed to investigate the concerns raised by the union with a view to addressing them.
According to him, the union demands that the various extortions that take place on the highways, by resellers in most cases, stop.
He said: “I thank God, Mr. President, that you have given a directive to that effect, that all law enforcement agencies must ensure that traders are not to be extorted on the road again.
“So, they ask that the extortions stop and also that those who killed their members be brought to justice. I don’t think they are asking too much.
“Remember that the crisis was turning into a great national catastrophe in which some other parts of this country were preparing for retaliatory attacks in this country and preparing us for the crisis.
“Meanwhile, those who triggered the crisis, that’s what they want to achieve.
“We cannot afford to allow this country to snowball into a civil war again, not this time.
“We are so intertwined that we are inseparable, again, by marriage, by business investments, by politics and any other form of development.
“Nigeria is so intertwined that we should not allow some bad elements, however in a low position or high position, come and divide us again, it is not possible.”
The governor expressed his optimism that the mistakes that led to the strike will not be repeated.