- Elder statesmen in Nigeria have been urged to rise up to prevent a possible breakup of the country
- Former presidential aide, Dr Okupe, said the current disagreements between the northern and southern regions are creating a very dangerous divide
- Okupe prayed that the country would weather the storm and come out victorious but he urged that efforts must be promptly made to address the issue
Doyin Okupe, a former senior special assistant on media and publicity to former President Goodluck Jonathan, has expressed serious concern over the rising division among Nigerians.
Okupe said the division could lead to the breakup of the West African country if not quickly corrected by stakeholders.
The former presidential media aide was reacting to reports that northern youths had allegedly started diverting food away from the southern part of the country because of disagreement over security issues.
Legit.ng could not independently verify this claim at press time but Okupe urged elder statesmen to quickly address the problem before it gets out of hand.
"Food blockade from the north.....are there no more elders in the north? Where are the stakeholders in this nation? A stitch in time saves nine. The plan of evil to destabilise Nigeria will fail in Jesus name."
In series of tweets on Sunday, February 28, Okupe said the telltale signs of a breakup of the country was emerging daily.
Okupe, however, prayed that the storm, which he claimed was growing strong over the country, would blow over.
"But my father and my god, I pray this day if it is thy will let a rainbow which will abort this storm appear and preserve this nation and comfort yr people in Jesus name."
Legit.ng notes that Okupe's warning came just a day after Salihu Yakasai, the media aide of Kano state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, was sacked from his job and detained by operatives of the Department of State Security for allegedly criticising the government.
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