- Former member of the House of Reps, Usman Bugaje, has opposed calls for secession
- Bugaje argued that secession is not the solution to Nigeria’s challenges
- Many politicians in the country believe Nigeria’s challenges are surmountable
Usman Bugaje, a former member of the House of Representatives has warned that the situation in Nigeria will worsen if the country breaks up.
He advised Nigerians to work for the progress of the country and set aside their differences.
‘’There are a lot of things that are wrong in Nigeria – environmental issues and distribution of wealth. The idea of separation should not be for us. It is by coming together that we can be able to deliver on our mandate.
“Even if there are problems, we should be able to settle our differences and move on.”
Meanwhile, the United Kingdom has disclosed that it offers asylum to those who need it in accordance with its international obligations.
The UK government made the disclosure following an inquiry by The Punch newspaper about the report that it was considering offering asylum to members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB).
The federal government had stated that it would be disrespectful for the UK to grant asylum to secessionist groups.
In another report, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi has claimed that most criminals in the southeast perpetrate crimes and claim they are members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network (ESN).
Umahi said the gunmen do this because they believe they will get the sympathy of Nigerians for belonging to IPOB and the ESN, both of which are rumoured and alleged to be persecuted by the federal government, The Cable reported.
According to Sahara Reporters, he explained that there are bandits and terrorists in all parts of Nigeria, but that these persons are in desperate need of a name or a designation for themselves.