- Former Oyo governor, Ladoja, has dropped a bombshell over the secession agitations in the country
- Ladoja said the south should not think they are the only ones that want to secede, alleging that the north is also making similar plans
- The prominent politician urged everyone to be tolerant and avoid needless war, noting that a time may come when the secession will be peacefully agreed upon
Senator Rashidi Ladoja, former governor of Oyo state, has alleged that Nothern Nigerian is also making plans to leave the country.
Daily Sun reported that the prominent politician said this on Thursday, May 13, while reacting to the secession agitations in Southern Nigeria, specifically the southeast and the southwest.
The Oyo-born politician further claimed that the north has been working hard to ensure a smooth take-off of probably Arewa Republic.
According to him, the north is working hard to actualise its succession plan while the southeast and the southwest have been talking too much.
Legit.ng gathers that Ladoja made the claims in an interview with newsmen in his house after observing the 2021 Eid-el-Fitr prayer at the University of Ibadan Central Mosque.
"If you are saying because of that you want to go or don’t want to go, who even tells you that the north is not even getting ready to go?
“Let us look at it that you people in the South are talking too much, and the people up North are acting too much. In Yorubaland, we talk too much. Even, people that don’t know anything about what the idea is all about will also speak on it."
Ladoja alleged that the federal government's railway project connecting Maiduguri to the Niger Republic and an alleged new refinery in Daura were parts of the north's groundwork for secession.
“The North is also preparing to leave and they are working at it. Do you think it is a mistake that they are constructing railway to Niger Republic when we have not built railway from Ibadan to Kano, not even Abuja, and they said that is the first place we are going to spend our money? Can’t the refinery in Kaduna be repaired?
"Why are they saying they would build another refinery in Daura (Katsina State)? And they would be bringing crude oil from Niger Republic to the place. Don’t let us deceive ourselves, maybe a time will come when all of us will sit down together and separate peacefully."
He noted that a time may come when all the major regions in the country will sit together and agree peacefully to separate.
Obasanjo's position on secession
Meanwhile, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria's former president, has condemned the calls for the nation's breakup by some ethnic advocates.
The former president described calls for Nigeria's break up as unmindful and insensitive to the plight of the minority groups in the country, a statement sent on Wednesday, May 5, to Legit.ng by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, indicates.
The former president expressed worry over what would become of the minority groups if the major tribes such as Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo decided to secede and begin to operate as separate countries.
Tinubu rejects secession
Similarly, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has kicked against the calls for secession, saying Nigeria is better as one country than separated.
He warned those beating the drums of war to remember what such actions did to countries like Iraq and Sudan.
The APC chieftain disclosed this while giving a speech at a special Ramadan prayer in Lagos on Sunday, May 2.
Presidency replies secession agitators
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, stated this during an interview on Channels Television on Friday, March 26.
The presidential spokesman described the secession agitators as “charlatans” sponsored to bully the president thinking he will cower or panic.
Source: Legit Nigeria