- The governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi, has opposed the call for secession by groups in the country
- Fayemi explains how stress and laxity in society could fuel secessionism
- Recently, agitators in the southwest of Nigeria have been calling for the establishment of the Yoruba nation
The governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi, has explained that people calling for secession from Nigeria are doing so out of frustration.
According to The Punch, Fayemi told Arise Television on Tuesday, March 23, that such agitation is expected when there are stress and laxity in society.
“Frankly, when you have stress and laxity in society, you’re bound to find a whole range of responses. Some rational, some irrational, some that speak to the fears of the people, some opportunistic and harebrained. There’s no question that some of the reactions we’ve seen will fall into all of those categories.”
The Cable reported that the governor, however, expressed optimism that the country will overcome its challenges.
He said secession is not the solution to the Nigerian predicament right now.
Meanwhile, the federal government has described the reported formation of Biafra Customary Government by Asari Dokubo as a theatre of the absurd by a joker seeking attention.
Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on the development in Lagos on Monday, the Minister of Information, and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the President, Muhammadu Buhari (retd.)’s regime will not be distracted by the absurdity.
In another report, the governor of Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu, has finally revealed those advocating for a sovereign Yoruba state called Oduduwa Republic amid calls for the secession of southwest states from Nigeria.
The southwest governor went on to issue a stern warning to those behind the Oduduwa Republic agenda.
The Nation reports that Akeredolu said the Ondo people have elected to stay in the federal republic of Nigeria as constituted at present.
He said no part of the entire state, known and delineated as Ondo state, would permit any gathering or agitation which may suggest, however remotely, that the people are in support of what he termed ‘unthinking rabble-rousing.
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