President Muhammadu Buhari, has threatened that the Nigeria Army will be the biggest losers, if the country breaks up.
Buhari stated this on Sunday in
Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, when he joined the Service Chiefs to
celebrate the country’s 57th independence anniversary, with troops of
Operation Lafiya Dole.
Addressing the Security Operatives,
Buhari said: “Under this leadership, there will be resources as much as
the country can afford to support your operations. As long as you live
and in service, your rights will be guarded jealously.
“Even for selfish
reasons, your loyalty ought to be to the centre, first. The security of
this nation is in the hands of God and in the hands of the security
“You must stand firm for your country.
The centre is determined to hold. You must be loyal to the centre. If
Nigeria breaks, you are the first line of losers. So, you must stand
firm for yourselves and for the country.
“If you do not stand firm, I assure you,
if Nigeria does ot exist, the first to be insecure are the security
agencies, because no matter how many parts Nigeria will be divided,
nobody will take another General to preside over his country.”
To the troops, he said: “I believe the
only honour I can present to the Military and other stakeholders on this
great day, is to come and address you, who are in the front-line.
“I expect in return from you to be
loyal, and loyalty is from bottom upward, from private to Lance
Corporal, Corporal up to Sergeant, Generals and Service Chiefs,
otherwise the centre will not hold.
“But this centre is determined to hold”, the President said.
On those agitating for separation,
Buhari dismissed them as noise makers, adding that he knew much about
the nation, having participated in the 30-month civil war, which began
in 1967 and ended in 1970.
“I was involved in civil war for 30
months, I know much about this country. Those making noise about the
stability of this country were not born then. They don’t know what it
means to be a nationalist. They don’t know what we went through. They
“I like to remind you that whatever
happens, you are at the front-lines of the defence of the citizens
wherever they live. This administration is prepared to protect all
citizens residing in all parts of the country.”