Former governor of Enugu state, Bar Sullivan Chime, has suggested that Nigeria needs an indigenous national language spoken by all apart from the English language if national unity and cohesion must be achieved.
The APC chieftain stated this while receiving a delegation of the Northern Youths Parliament who paid him a courtesy visit in his Independent Layout residence in Enugu.
He strongly viewed the barrier language presents in the attempt at effective communication in the country by the different ethnic denominations as one of the strongest agent of disunity, a misunderstanding which helplessly leads some to resort to mere speculations that often lead to the ethnically charged atmosphere.
Chime maintained that a national language which can be picked from any of the existing languages or devised through any form acceptable to all would go a long way in stemming the tides and reducing the spate of ethnic suspicion and distrust in Nigeria.
He recalled that ethnic and religious rancours were the offshoot of the many coups that bedevilled Nigeria in the 1960s.
On religious conflicts, Mr Chime told the Northern group that neither Christianity nor Islam was an indigenous religion but that both religions were received from outside missionaries during the ugly days of colonialism mainly through missionaries.
He also revealed that Jesus Christ and Mohammed were both brothers from Jerusalem which makes it pointless for anybody to fight on behalf of any religion when the progenitors are kits and kin.
The erstwhile governor also used the opportunity to urge Nigerians irrespective of ethnic configurations to imbibe the spirit of oneness and return Nigeria to those days when a Hausa man was governor of Enugu without anybody going through his religious or ethnic histories.
He prayed that everything is predicated on competence and capacity for the betterment of Nigeria and the benefit of all Nigerians.
The Southeast political juggernaut also used the avenue to correct the many misconceptions across ethnic lines in Nigeria and disclosed to the group that it is high time Nigerians came out of their ethnic enclaves to a national front where the Nigerian interest will be discussed for the national interest of the country.
He berated ethnic bigots who ride on the gullibility of their followers to spread hate speeches against ethnic groups and also fan the embers of division to serve some selfish ends.