Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has reaffirmed his loyality and commitment to a united Nigeria.
He said he would never support the agitation for a “Yoruba Nation”.
The Buhari Administration has been battling with secessionist groups, including the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) led by detained Nnamdi Kanu; as well as the Yoruba Nation secessionist group spearheaded by Prof Banji Akintoye and Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho.
Obasanjo spoke when leaders of socio-cultural organisations met at a retreat on inclusive security organised by the Global Peace Foundation in collaboration with Vision Africa.
He said: “One thing that we’ve together in common is Nigeria.
“I have never used Yoruba Nation, and I will never, because I believe that my Nigerianess is bigger than my Yorubaness, and neither my Yorubaness or Nigerianess should stand in the way of each other.
“For me, my Nigerianess is very important because I am more than what I should have been as a Nigerian than as a oduduwa republic man, and I believe that should be the case for everyone of us.
“Why should the accident of my place of birth be a hindrance for me as a human being first of all, and for me as a Nigerian?” he queried.”