“I have every motive to want the country to fall apart, but now is the moment to work for the peace and unity of our beautiful country,” Mr Okorocha said on Sunday night at an event to commemorate his 59th birthday.
“I am dedicating this birthday to a united Nigeria, and I implore everyone to pray for and support President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration as it works to combat insecurity and restore peace in the country. I implore preachers to use the pulpit to preach for Nigeria’s unity,” he added.
“My heart breaks with the slaughter of countless Nigerians; the bloodbath in the country is frightening, but it is not over with Nigeria yet as there are better days ahead,” Mr Okorocha, a serving senator, said, lamenting growing violence and murder across the country.
Unknown assailants have been killing and burning down public properties in Nigeria’s south-east, while robbers, kidnappers, and Boko Haram terrorists have ravaged the country’s north.
Aside from kidnapping hundreds of students in Katsina, Kagara Niger State, Kaduna, Kebbi, and Zamfara States, bandits destroyed a Nigerian Airforce plane in July and killed two people in an August raid on the Kaduna branch of the Nigerian Defence Academy.
Spokespersons for President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) party, on the other hand, continue to reject claims of insecurity as the opposition’s attempt to discredit Mr Buhari’s accomplishments.