The Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, during a command performance by the Commonwealth Community Choir said the nation’s unity is questionable as the Southwest and the Northern region feels superior.
The former president disclosed that he observed that the youths’ body prefers to identify themselves with regional amalgamation than a national body.
The Commonwealth Community Choir performance was tagged ‘Peace for All Nations’ at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja, on Friday.
He said, “I was discussing with somebody, and I said ‘look, in Nigeria, the youths appear not to even have a national youth body, because in most cases, the regional youth bodies are stronger than the national youth body.
“Ordinarily, the national youth body is supposed to be stronger than the regional youth body. If you go to my state, Bayelsa state for example, if I am a national member of the Nigerian Youth Council, the IYC, Ijaw Youth Council, feels that they are your boss.
“If you go to the Southwest and to the North, the Arewa Youth Group, they feel they are superior to the national youth body.
“If you go to the Southwest, it is the same thing. You go to the Southeast, it also the same thing. That shows clearly that as a nation, we are in trouble. The unity of the country is questionable.”
Jonathan, while commending the chorister for the performance, said, “So, when you see young people come together to perform with the theme: ‘Peace for All Nations,’ I am quite impressed.”
The PDP president in regards to the security challenges facing the country said the security operatives’ needs to be encouraged noting that Nigeria was not the only nation affected by insecurity.
He also noted that insecurity is present in the whole world due to terrorists’ surplus adding that Nigerian’s situation was somehow special which makes the country feels it every day.
He said, “I was there before and of course, you know there was a lot of insecurity. So, I am the very wrong person to make comments on the insecurity in the land.
“All what we can do is to collectively support the government, encourage the soldiers and other security operatives to do more for our safety.”