Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said the nation’s unity is questionable.
He spoke during a command performance by the Commonwealth Community Choir tagged ‘Peace for All Nations’ at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Abuja, on Friday.
Jonathan observed the youths in the country have a tendency to identify with regional affiliations rather than a national body.
His words: “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.
“If you go to the Southwest, the same thing. If you go to the Southeast, the same thing. That shows clearly that as a nation, we are in trouble. The unity of the country is questionable.
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.
In his comments on the event, the former president said: “So, when you see young people come together to perform with the theme: ‘Peace for All Nations,’ I am quite impressed.”
On the way out of the quagmire, Jonathan said insecurity was not unique to only Nigeria as a country, noting the whole world was facing insecurity because of the excesses of terrorists that abound everywhere.
He however clarified that Nigeria's insecurity was unique as the country feels it everyday, even as he observed government was doing its best.
He spoke: “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,” Jonathan stated.
Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, represented by his Special Assistant on Religious Matters, Pastor Seyi Malomo, said nothing could be more important than peace, adding peace in the society was an invicible cement that makes everything to work.
He spoke: “If you remove that peace, everything will somehow collapse. So, peace cannot be coming at a more appropriate time when we are in the season of celebrating our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who the Bible says is the Prince of Peace."