The President gave the warning while hosting Muslim Nigerians who payed him sallah homage at the presidential villa.
Following the incessant sabotage of oil and gas installations in the Niger Delta area by the militants who had continue to wreck havoc to Nigeria’s economy and cause unrest among the people, Buhari advice the avengers to stick to what is important, which is ‘One Nigeria.’
He recalled the famous quotes of former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon “that the task of keeping Nigeria as one indivisible entity was a task that must be done.”
“We have to concentrate on the militants to try to know how many of them in terms of groupings, try to get in touch with their leadership, to try to persuade them to please give Nigeria a chance.
“I assure them that when we were very junior officers, we were told by our leaders, by the Head of State which was Gen. Gowon that to keep Nigeria one is a task that must be done…we never thought of oil.
“What we were after is one Nigeria. Please, pass the message to the militants that one Nigeria is not negotiable. And I pray they better accept it. The constitution is very clear…I assure them there would justice.”
Buhari also warned that corrupt officials who have stolen Nigeria’s money directly or indirectly can only have peace once they negotiate and return what does not belong to them. He said:
“And please persuade those who have plenty of money that does not belong to them to try and negotiate, return it in peace so that both them and us will be in peace otherwise we will continue to request.”