- Majority of Nigerians want to remain together as one nation, according to Ahmad Lawan
- The Senate president believes those who want the country to break up are disgruntled elites who only want to achieve their selfish desires
- Just like President Buhari said earlier, Lawan reiterated that the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable
Senate President Ahmad Lawan has accused the elites of being behind calls for Nigeria’s breakup
According to the lawmaker, ordinary citizens do not share the same view as the elites as they believe that the country should remain as one contrary to calls for secession, TheCable reports.
Lawan stated this while addressing journalists on Saturday, April 3, in his hometown in Yobe state.
"But the elites is where the problem is.
“The elites will tell you, no, we have to secede. I believe that we should be fair to the multitude of Nigerians – those ordinary people of Nigeria.”
Nigerians must be given fair leadership
Senate president noted that the people desire to be led properly and that must be granted. He said it is a must for the masses to be given fair leadership.
Lawan who believes the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable added that the people must not be neglected when they complain, The Nation reports.
Presidency finally replies secession agitators
The Senate president’s statement re-echoes the views of the presidency on secession.
In an earlier report by Legit.ng, the presidency reacted to secession agitators in the country, saying nobody can bring down the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, described the secession agitators as “charlatans” sponsored to bully the president thinking he will cower or panic.
Calls for secession has heightened in recent weeks. A popular Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, recently declared an independent Yoruba nation, claiming that he has the backing of the monarchs in the region.
However, the Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) swiftly debunked the claim, saying Sunday Igboho does not represent the Yoruba people.
Also, a former militant in the Niger Delta region, Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, recently announced himself as the leader of the new Biafra de facto government in the southeast.