By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on Friday, declared that the cost of staying together as a nation is cheaper than the cost of dividing Nigeria.
Obasanjo asserted that the “many enemies” who don’t want to see the country’s continued co-existence would fail.
In a statement by his Special Assistant on Media Kehinde Akinyemi, the former President eulogized Prelate Sunday Mbang for his steadfastness, which had kept their relationship intact over the years and described him as a lover of Nigeria.
Obasanjo spoke at the Book Launch titled: “My Life and Times a Memoir by Sunday Mbang” organized by the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library and supported by Access Bank Plc, held in Lagos State.
While speaking on the celebrant, the ex-President assured the respected Christian leader that the enemies of Nigeria won’t win.
According to him, “We are here to honour somebody we should honour, and learn from him (Mbang), to show that we genuinely love and appreciate him for the service he has rendered to the Christian community in this country and the world over.
“And to assure him that whatever happens, we will continue to work for unity, peace, security and progress of this country.
“I know that these are things that are dear to his heart. We want to assure you that Nigeria will continue to exist because the cost for Nigeria not to continue to exist is much more than the cost for us to make Nigeria to continue to exist.
“There are many people high and low – who can be described as enemies of Nigeria but they will not win over those who are friends of Nigeria.”
The celebrant recalled how he became friend with Obasanjo and since then “we have become brothers, but of different mothers.”
Also at the event, the Akwa Ibom State Governor and Chairman of the occasion, Udom Emmanuel, thanked the former President and the celebrant for keeping together over the years, assuring that they would remain his father.