An elder statesman, and Chairman of Northern Elders Forum Yusuf Maitama Sule, is dead.
Mr. Sule, the Danmasanin Kano, died in Cairo on Monday morning, multiple family sources confirmed to IGBERE TV.
Read his last speech about Biafra below
What about your advice to the youth agitating in the South-east for the birth of Biafra?
Let them listen to their elders. Those agitating for it (Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB, MASSOB etc) are young people who don’t know what happened in those days; who don’t know the history. And in any event, those, for example, in the North are not afraid, but they don’t want it. I don’t want this country to disintegrate and I don’t pray for the disintegration of this country, not because we (the North) cannot stand on our own…….
I was the minister of mines and power. At Independence, I was the first minister of oil and I had served more than any other minister in that ministry having been there for almost seven years- From 1959 to 1966, I know what we have in the country; I know what we have in the North. The North has got enough. We have got diamonds, gold, uranium and even oil and minerals.
We have got agricultural lands. We have got the land and we can be on our own , but I don’t want us to be alone . I want us to share these with our brothers. It is not for nothing that God has brought us together- different tribes, different t religions and different political inclinations, and even different climatic conditions.
God has brought us together so that we may learn to live with one another in peace. Because of the role he wants us to play. God wants us to lead Africa; God wants us to inspire the blacks of the world. We can only do this if we are united at home and if we respect one another at home. Nigeria is big enough to accommodate all of us.
We must learn to respect one another. Today, we are talking of globalization and yet people here are talking of disintegration. Europe has formed European Union. Even Africa has got an African Union. The United States of America is thinking of teaming up with Canada and Brazil to form an Economic Union in that area. We are talking of globalization and unification. Quite recently,
Scotland wanted to break away from Great Britain, they had a plebiscite recently . It did not succeed. They remained one. They are still part of Great Britain. Yet, here you are talking of breaking away.
No! Let those sons of ours think of Nigeria, not of themselves. It is not in their interest. Their people are very enterprising, hardworking. They are industrious. They go to other parts of the country. I want them to feel free to go to any part of the country and feel that we are together, that we are our brothers’ keeper.