- Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture, has opposed calls for secession
- The minister argued that it would take more effort to divide the nation rather than to fix it
- Many Nigerians have been agitating for the division of the country into separate independent entities
Nigeria's minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed on Monday, April 26, said that more energy would be needed to break the country than to fix it.
Mohammed stated this in reaction to calls for secession during an interview on Channels Television’s Newsnight.
While opposing the calls for separation, the minister argued that the nation’s strength lies in its diversity.
According to him, the agitation for political restructuring is okay, however, call for secession is not an option.
The minister had earlier said that when any problem starts those who support separation and secessionists will be the first to run away, Vanguard reports.
Mohammed, speaking during an appearance on Bond FM radio programme, urged Nigerians not to listen to promoters of secession.
Speaking on Nigeria's security challenges, Mohammed backed several calls for the creation of state police, adding that it would help tackle threats in several parts of the country.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Usman Bugaje, a former member of the House of Representatives warned that the situation in Nigeria will worsen if the country breaks up.
He gave the warning during the 17th edition of the biennial Lagos Qur’an Competition in Lagos. He advised Nigerians to work for the progress of the country and set aside their differences.
Adebanjo said President Buhari can take the sail out of the agitations for division of the country into separate independent entities if he heeded the call for restructuring of Nigeria.
Chief Adebanjo said the restructuring will take care of marginalisation and injustices against some parts of the country which he said were responsible for the agitations and calls for secession.