Nigerians have been advised to remain confident and optimistic that despite the problems, the country will continue to remain an indivisible entity.
Former Military President General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida said this while addressing newsmen in Minna, Niger State on the 62nd anniversary of Nigeria.
A collective effort is required to achieve this, he said, applauding the efforts of successive administrations to keep the country united. He, however, called for more.
On what he desires for the nation, Babangida said he wants the country to remain a strong, prosperous, and united country where peace reigns supreme.
He also expressed optimism that the current crisis between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will be resolved soon.
General Babangida appealed to youths to resist the temptation of allowing themselves to be used as thugs by politicians.
Meanwhile, former Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar has called for the recruitment of additional security personnel to effectively tackle the insurgency bedeviling Nigeria.
He made the call while addressing journalists at his Hilltop residence in Minna.
General Abubakar said this had become imperative because security personnel have been overstretched.
He also stressed the need for the provision of necessary equipment for security personnel to enable them to discharge their duties effectively. The elder statesman called on Nigerians to provide them with useful information that will assist in improving the security system.
On the lifting of the ban on presidential campaigns by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), he expressed sadness that some electorates are still selling their votes while to his dismay politicians are also encouraging the negative act.
He, therefore, called for a change of attitude to overcome such challenges.
General Abubakar, who warned politicians against campaigns on calumny and abuse, wants them to engage in a campaign of tolerance to achieve a hitch-free 2023 general elections.
While reacting to the question on restructuring, he maintained that though members of national and state houses of assemblies have a vital role to play on this matter, equity justice, and fairness are what is needed in Nigeria.
Abubakar expressed optimism that the problem between the Federal Government and ASUU will be a thing of the past soon.