“I am pleased to be back home,’’ said President Muhammadu Buhari, but warned that he would not allow “irresponsible elements to start trouble’’ in Nigeria.
When things get bad, these elements would run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood, he noted.
He said on Monday in his nationwide broadcast after he returned from his 103-day medical vacation that he would not allow such a situation.
Expressing gratitude to God and Nigerians for their prayers, President Buhari said that he kept in touch with events in Nigeria during his stay in the United Kingdom.
He noted that Nigerians were robust and lively in discussing their affairs.
“But I was distressed to notice that some of the comments, especially in the social media have crossed our national red lines by daring to question our collective existence as a nation.
“This is a step too far.’’
Making reference to the call for secession of the South East, he explained that there was the conclusion that the country should remain one and united.
`In 2003 after I joined partisan politics, the late Chief Emeka Ojukwu came and stayed as my guest in my hometown Daura.
“Over two days we discussed in great depth till late into the night and analyzed the problems of Nigeria. We both came to the conclusion that the country must remain one and united.
“Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable.
He said that every Nigerian has the right to live and pursue his business anywhere in Nigeria without let or hindrance.
“This is not to deny that there are legitimate concerns. Every group has a grievance. But the beauty and attraction of a federation is that it allows different groups to air their grievances and work out a mode of co-existence.
“The National Assembly and the National Council of State are the legitimate and appropriate bodies for national discourse,’’ he said.
He said that there was the national consensus that it was better to live together than to live apart.