In reaction to the call by some groups for the disintegration of Nigeria, the United States, U.S, has said that the West African country is better as one, united nation.
The United States’ Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Symington, made this known at an event organised to celebrate America’s 241st anniversary, in Abuja, on Thursday.
The Ambassador noted that his country and Nigeria share many similarities particularly with regards to diversity, he expressed optimism that Nigerians who preach unity will prevail over those angling for secession.
The U.S envoy recounted how his country’s first President, George Washington, warned that those who seek to weaken a country would always seek to start by causing disunity.
He then asserted that, just like the U.S, Nigeria will remain a united country because of its determined people and leaders, adding that Nigeria’s diversity is an inspiration to many countries.
According to Symington, “Every time we have been challenged, we overcame danger because we had visionary leaders committed to union and citizens committed to ensuring justice for all.
“Today, Nigeria is fortunate to have such leaders and citizens. Together, they are dedicated to keeping Nigeria united and just ensuring that every Nigerian is heard and taken into account and treated fairly.
“Together, those Nigerians will overpower any call to divide this nation. Thanks to them, thanks to you, the lamp of unity and justice burns brightly both in our nations tonight. And the sight of a united Nigeria’s light lifts Africa and with it, the world.”
The US envoy noted that Nigeria’s plurality is a source of strength as is the case with his country, said, “Wherever I meet a Nigerian, I ask ‘What do you like the most about your country?’ I like our diversity, our resilience, our energy, our warmth, our spirit, our food’ is the response.
“Just like the United States, Nigeria is a wonderfully diverse nation whose differences and diversity are sources of strength and reason for pride.”