Dr Orji Kalu, the Chief Whip of the Senate, has called for concerted efforts by all Nigerians to build a united country with stronger economy for the good of the nation.
Kalu made the call in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Abuja today.
Senator Kalu was reacting to the recent altercation between members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, with security personnel in Enugu.
He said: “I am an ardent believer of unified Nigeria. Nigerians are so entangled with each other that we can’t talk about separation.
“We are a united country and our focus should be on taking advantage of our population to build a stronger economy.
“We have reached a point where all Nigerians should be canvassing for strong institutions where rule of law and order are observed; where the hardware and software components of a democratic nation are comprehensively promoted.
“If the Federal Government permits me, I will go to the United Kingdom and negotiate with Nnamdi Kanu to return to Nigeria.
“I will convince him to drop the agitation for Biafra because our people don’t need it.
“We need a united Nigeria that will allow different cultures and tongues to live peacefully in any part of the country; a country where people can comfortably do their businesses without fear of the unknown.”
Seenator Kalu further reiterated his support and loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, noting that Buhari and the party have continued to give their best to the country amidst challenges.
He also thanked the president for the infrastructural development he has extended to the South East and urged all Nigerians to continue to support the president’s agenda
Kalu also clarified on unverified media reports about him as having said that he would turn Nigeria into a 20th century economy.
He said several media houses have continued to spread rumours and misquote his statements.
Kalu, said he had in an online interview mentioned that he would turn Nigeria to a 21st century economy if given an opportunity to lead the country.
He, however, decried that some bloggers misquoted him to have said 20th century.
He said despite being a friend of the media, he sees no reason for being intentionally misquoted by some sections of the media.