Lamido tackles Osinbajo, Zulum, others over ‘Nigeria may break up’ comment

Lamido tackles Osinbajo, Zulum, others over ‘Nigeria may break up’ comment

- Former Jigawa governor, Lamido, has criticised some Nigerian leaders making comments on the possibility of the country breaking up

- Vice president Osinbajo and Borno state governor, Zulum are among the Nigerian leaders criticised by the former governor

- Osinbajo who spoke through the SSG, Boss Mustapha, has, however, said his comment on Nigeria breaking up was misunderstood

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A former governor of Jigawa state, Sule Lamido, has berated Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for allegedly bringing up talks about cracks and division of Nigeria.

ThisDay reported that Lamido also criticised the governor of Borno state, Babagana Zulum, elder statesmen including Chief Edwin Clark, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, General Theophilus Danjuma (retd) and others for making similar comments on Nigeria's division. gathers that Lamido stated this in his message to mark Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary.

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Lamido tackles Osinbajo, Zulum, others over ‘Nigeria may break up’ comment
Lamido tackles Osinbajo, Zulum, others over ‘Nigeria may break up’ comment. Photo sources: Yemi Osinbajo/Premium Times
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The former governor made a passionate case for Nigeria's unity, saying the country should not break up irrespective of its diversities.

He said Nigerian leaders must note that Nigeria has been there for them for years, and it is their duty to give back to the country by ensuring new generations also actualise their dreams under a united nation.

Earlier reports indicated that Vice President Osinbajo raised concerns that there are cracks in the Nigerian polity that can bring about a breakup of the country unless something drastic was done immediately.

Osinbajo, represented by Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), made the statement on Sunday, September 27, in Abuja during the 60th Independence Anniversary interdenominational church service at National Ecumenical Centre.

However, the SGF said his comment made on behalf of Osinbajo that Nigeria may break up was misunderstood.

Mustapha said the vice president remains committed to an indivisible Nigeria and that he appreciates the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari in strengthening the country’s unity.

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In a similar development, the presidency has cautioned Nigerians who have been saying President Buhari needs to do one thing or another to prevent the break up of the nation.

Garba Shehu, one of the spokespersons to the president in a statement on Sunday, October 4, described such comments as unpatriotic outbursts.

He said the Buhari administration would not succumb to threats and take any decision out of pressure at a time the nation is dealing with security challenges and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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