The chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria, Mudashiru Obasa, has described the unity of Nigeria as a major factor in the continued growth of the country.
In a statement by his media office in commemoration of the 60th Independence anniversary of Nigeria, Obasa, who is also the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, argued that the respect the country got in the comity of nations was as a result of its unity.
The Speaker urged Nigerians to realise that there is strength in unity and stop the agitation for secession.
“Nigeria sure has much ahead of it and I am sure its leaders are not relenting in its efforts on how best they can steer the ship to enviable height.
“We must, however, appreciate the fact that the country has remained together 60 years after independence whereas some others that were colonised with it have broken up or been fragmented,” Obasa said.
While thanking the citizens for constantly standing by the country’s democracy, Obasa noted that as representatives of the people, he and his colleagues had achieved major steps to strengthen democracy.
“Our efforts recently resulted in the granting of autonomy to the legislative and judicial arms of state governments.
“We want to, again, thank President Muhammadu Buhari for listening to us and acting in this regard.
“We also thank all Nigerian leaders, especially those who battled for the country’s current democracy. The likes of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and others made sacrifices when the country was on the verge.
“The least we can all do is to ensure that the country remains standing united,” Obasa said.