Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, on Friday said that Nigerians, irrespective of their tribe, political or religious afflictions must work together for the greater good of the country, insisting that Nigeria remained better as one united nation than breaking up.
The traditional ruler spoke when he played host to the National President of the National Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Alhaji Musa Maitakobi, the Chairman of RTEAN in Ogun state, Alhaji Titilayo Akibu and other members of the association in his palace in Ake, Abeokuta.
Gbadebo appealed to those calling for the secession of Nigeria to shelve the idea, saying that, if Nigeria failed as a country, the entire black race had failed.
He added that those beating the drum of war in the country were not only calling for chaos in Nigeria but in Africa at large.
The visit was part of activities marking the one year anniversary of Akibu as the state chairman of RTEAN in Ogun state.
Alake’s advice was coming on the heels of the declaration of Yoruba nation and Southwest secession from Nigeria by Sunday Adeyemo, popularly called Sunday Igboho.
The first class Oba said, Nigeria could not afford to go through another civil war, stressing that no country in the world would be willing to have over 250 million Nigerians as refugees.
His words: “Nigerians, wherever we go in Nigeria we must see ourselves as nationals of the same country, people of the same blood.
“We must work together to make Nigeria great because we must not fail, Nigeria must not fail, if Nigeria fails, the black race has failed and may it never happened.
“Where will over 250 million people go to? If they enter the next country, we will eat all their foods within two days, there will be no food for anybody in that place again that is why we must remain where we are and make Nigeria work and work well”.
Gbadebo commended the national president of RTEAN for revolutionalising the nation’s road transport sector.
Earlier in his address, Maitakobi said, the association had concluded plans to inject new buses into the nation’s road transport sector, to aid easy movement of passengers from one point to another.
He said members of the association had been carrying out their activities in line with the rules and regulations of the country.
Maitakobi awarded Oba Adedotun as the grand patron of the association in recognition of his support for RTEAN.
The national president had earlier commissioned a multimillion naira mosque, built in the premises of RTEAN secretariat in Abeokuta by the Akibu – led administration.