Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says Nigeria’s problems will increase if the country breaks apart.
The vice-president spoke on Thursday when members of the Muhammadu Buhari/Osinbajo support group visited him in Abuja.
Osinbajo said “it is wrong” for Nigeria, which is the largest economy in Africa, to break apart.
“We must never relent in ensuring that we keep to the ideals of the country and we don’t lose sight of what we are trying to achieve here,” he said.
“People who suggest that the country breaks up, whatever may be the reason for their views, are certainly not correct and we must say so to them at every turn.
“The unity of this country is important for all of the different ethnicities, religions, everybody. Whatever the group or ideology, unity is important for every one of us.
“If you fragment, the problems are going to multiply, poverty will multiply.”
Osinbajo said the president remains focused on putting an end to insecurity, adding that the challenges bedevelling Nigeria will be resolved soon.
“The president has always remained steadfast and focused in resolving the problems of the country beginning with security,” he said.
“He is a steady hand; he is unflappable, he is not panicky, he is focused and looking at the security issues every day, and trying to advance the best possible solutions.
Earlier, Usman Ibrahim, the national coordinator of the visiting group, commended Osinbajo for his commitment to leadership and promotion of national unity.
Ibrahim said Osinbajo’s performance in office, his humility, loyalty, professionalism and dedication to duty were enviable.