The Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, on Monday called on anyone planning a secession to have a re-think, saying that it amounts to selfishness.
Speaking at the 2nd Zik Annual Lecture series in Awka, Ekweremadu said it was a negation of the ideals of the founding fathers of the country for any one to think of secession.
He said that Nigeria was better off as one country, saying that the founding fathers of Nigeria, especially Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, stood strongly against secession.
The senator said the founding fathers knew that the country would be a better nation if all the regions stood as one country.
“I personally believe that if we are united, we will be stronger and enjoy the benefits of the population and size of our country.
“We are better when we are united than going our separate ways, and this was exactly what Azikiwe preached and lived for all his life.
“And I think those of us, the younger generation and those coming after us, need to follow that path,” he prayed.
Ekweremadu, who was the guest lecturer at the event organised by the Anambra State council of the NUJ, extolled the leadership qualities exhibited by the first president of Nigeria.
Pointing out that he was totally a detribalised Nigerian, Ekweremadu said Azikiwe, the first president of the country, worked for the common good and unity of Nigeria.
“Zik indeed showed the light so that men could find their way, as many believed that his spirit bound the nation and provided the basis for continued unity.
“Zik was always quick to sacrifice his personal interest as a politician, so long as it will advance the cause of the Nigerian project,” he added.
The Chairman of the council, Mrs Tochukwu Omelu, called on all Nigerians to keep the faith and tenets of the Great Zik of Africa and thanked the deputy Senate president for honouring the invitation. (NAN)