- It is in the best interest of elites for Nigeria to remain united, according to Lai Mohammed
- The minister of information who accused the elites of fanning calls for Nigeria’s breakup, cautioned them to stop
- According to Mohammed, if the country splits, those in the high society will bear more of the consequences
Nigeria's minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, has cautioned the elites to stop fanning calls for the nation to break up.
He made the disclosure when he featured on a NAN flagship interview programme, NAN Forum on Wednesday, April 21.
According to Mohammed, it is in the best interest of the elites to ensure that Nigeria remains as united because they will suffer the consequences of disintegration more, TheCable reports.
While accusing the elites of fanning the embers of disintegration, the minister maintained that those who have attained professorial status may be to work in Togo bakeries in order just to survive.
The minister of information noted that the elites ought to take the lead in cementing the unity of the country instead of preaching tribal hatred.
“The elites will suffer more because some professors could be working in bakeries in Togo just to survive. We saw it happen when the Liberians came here during their civil war.
“It is in their own enlightened interest that they should work to fix Nigeria. Many of them have more than one passport — American, British, Irish — and at the first crack of trouble, they are gone.”
According to The Guardian, Mohammed pointed out that the calls needed to be addressed as they had become more pronounced. He explained that there was a need to take drastic measures to tackle it.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the minister of information and culture said people agitating for secession will be the first to flee the country if such agitation leads to crisis.
Mohammed, who spoke on Sunday, April 18, in Lagos when he appeared on Bond FM radio programme, urged Nigerians not to listen to promoters of secession.
The minister insisted that secession is not the solution to the challenges facing Nigeria. He pointed out that issues in the country such as ethnicity, activities by extremist groups and farmer-herders clashes are not new.
In a related development, Senate President Ahmad Lawan 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.
Source: Legit Newspaper