The Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong has recounted how an Igbo man saved his life during the Civil War.
The Governor said this while warning against allowing the rising tension in the country to degenerate into a violent conflict.
Lalong recalled how an Igbo man sacrificed his life for him.
According to him, the Igbo man, who was his guardian, was brutally killed after saving his life during the crisis when he was three years old.
He said this on the occasion of Nigeria’s 57th Independence anniversary during a church service held at the national headquarters of the Evangelical Church Winning All in Jos, Plateau State.
He said, “The memory of what happened to me when I was three years old is still fresh in my mind; an Igbo man who was my guardian that married my aunty was killed; but before he was killed, he took me and locked me inside a room.
“That memory is still fresh in my mind and anybody who is beating the drums of war has not seen it.
“If true federalism will address the injustice and cry of marginalisation in the country, government should be ready to address it.
“We should all agree to live together ; nobody should give any excuse on why the country should separate.
“In the midst of the clamour for agitation and restructuring, Nigeria still stands strong in unity.
“I am sure that if a referendum is conducted on whether Nigeria should break up or remain united, those who want the country to break up will not be up to 10 per cent.”