- Alh. Ahmed Joda and some permanent secretaries have been credited for the unity being enjoyed in Nigeria today
- According to Olusegun Obasanjo, the intervention occurred shortly after the country's upheaval in 1966
- The former president described Joda as a true and great Nigerian, committed to unity, development and progress of the country
Former president Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has praised the actions of Alh. Ahmed Joda towards Nigeria's unity.
Obasanjo disclosed this while reacting to the death of the former permanent secretary. According to Obasanjo, Joda was instrumental in preserving Nigeria's unity shortly after the country's upheaval in 1966.
He disclosed this through his special assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi in a statement made available to Legit.ng.
Going further, he described Joda as not just a Nigerian, but, a true and great Nigerian, committed to unity, development and progress of the country.
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"I know that if not for people like Joda and other senior permanent secretaries as they were called Super Permanent Secretary as at that time, after the second upheaval of 1966, after the first upheaval we would have had Nigeria broken into pieces. Because Araba was bent on having Nigeria divided.
"But, it was Ahmed Joda and other Super Permanent Secretaries (senior civil servants) like Philip Asiodu, Liman Ciroma, Alison Ayida who prevailed not to have Nigeria broken up."
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The meeting was confirmed on Saturday, August 7, by the special assistant on media to Obasanjo, Kehinde Akinyemi. However, Afenifere, on Sunday, August 8, said Obasanjo waded into the Igboho matter because he did not want the Yoruba Nation agitator, who is currently detained in the Benin Republic, to be extradited to Nigeria.
According to Afenifere, Obasanjo does not believe Igboho will get justice if extradited to Nigeria from the Benin Republic.
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