Former Military Head of State, Gen Yakubu Gowon, on Monday, said he was not scared of the unity of Nigeria and that the country would not break in spite of agitations by some groups and events suggesting the break-up of the country.
Gowon spoke at the 50th anniversary celebration of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) held at the Conference Centre of the institute in Ibadan.
The anniversary also witnessed commissioning of the $700,000 Akinwumi A. Adesina Agripreneurs Building, a training facility for capacity development for youth agripreneurs, which was funded by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and IITA. Both events were chaired by former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.
Fielding questions from journalists during the programme, Gowon said: “I am not scared for the unity of the nation. I have confidence in Nigeria and the youths of this country that they will make sure that they take over and do better than we left for them.
“I have no fears of all these ranting and so on. No, I have confidence that the youths of this nation will keep Nigeria going and make it greater. Diversity is our source of unity and strength.” Gowon added.
Dignitaries who were present at the event include Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, he was represented on by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh. President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina; Chief Executive Officer of Tony Elumelu Foundation, Mr. Tony Elumelu; and Dr. Joe Makoju, Special Adviser to Alhaji Aliko Dangote, who represented his boss.
The event was also witnessed by former Prime Minister of Democratic Republic of Congo, Matata Ponyo Mapon; Minister of Agriculture and Livestock in Burundi, Dr. Deo-Guide Rurema; Chairman, IITA Board of Trustees, Dr. Bruce Coulman; IITA Director General, Dr. Nteranya Sanginga; Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi, represented by his deputy, Otunba Moses Adeyemo; and scores of other dignitaries personally graced the golden jubilee of IITA.
(Culled from Dailysun)
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