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We Were Never One Country – Bukola Saraki

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We Were Never One Country - Bukola Saraki

Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki has said that Nigeria has never been one country. 

NEWS MAIL NG reports that Saraki said this while speaking to Journalists at an Independence Day lunch with diverse Nigerian youths, held in Abuja at the weekend. 

Sarakin added that “Even with these challenges that we have…despite those diversities, I think we are a society that is very very patient. I think most countries based on what people are going through now, will not be able to take it. We are ready to give people opportunities; we are fresh and take a lot.”

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“I read a book on how Nigeria was formed and I realized that we were never one country. We were two countries but it was efficient for the British to bring the two countries together for administrative purposes,” Saraki said.

“It made sense at that time to bring the two countries together for commercial purposes. From day one, Nigeria is going to be a work in progress because it’s a country with so much diversities. So we can’t compare ourselves with some other countries that don’t have diversity right from time.

“Even with these challenges that we have…despite those diversities, I think we are a society that is very very patient. I think most countries based on what people are going through now, will not be able to take it. We are ready to give people opportunities; we are fresh and take a lot.

“And I think that what we haven’t been able to get right is leadership and values. And about values, all of us must take the blame on that. For example, someone just pops up on our neighborhood overnight and shows wealth and we just accept the person into our society…just like that.

“A society that continues to allow that, where is the values for hard work? Where’s the value for doing things right? What message are we sending? The message that we must cut corners? As a country, we need to redefine that.”

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