Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, said that Nigeria has never been so divided than now, lamenting that the nation is on the verge of collapse.
Mr Saraki, who stated at the Ebonyi State Government House, Abakaliki, during a courtesy visit to Governor David Umahi, warned that the country risks drifting into anarchy if nothing is done quickly to curtail the division.
The senate president, who was in Abakaliki for a political consultation towards his 2019 presidential ambition, said: “There is a high level of uninclusiveness in the country. We must choose leaders that have the capacity to move the country forward.
“What you are seeing in Ebonyi is not by chance, it is because your governor has the capacity and that is why you are witnessing development.
“How then can you choose a man with capacity in your state without choosing also a leader with capacity at the national level?
“We will fight poverty, we will fight corruption too and not a selective corruption fight. We will develop solid minerals in Ebonyi State.
“We will bring private investors into the country and turn around youth involvement in governance by bringing youths to governance,” he said.
Responding, Mr Umahi described Mr Saraki as a refined Nigerian and defender of democracy as well as a friend to Ebonyi State.
The governor reiterated his earlier promise to return power to Abakaliki bloc in 2023 after his second term, adding that his administration remains focused on the developmental agenda.
“We will hand over a state that is most beautiful, best economy and richest in the country,” he said.
He commended Mr Saraki for standing firm despite challenges and urged that the National Assembly must work together to unite the country and turn around its fortunes.