Lai Mohammed Condemns Calls for Secession in Nigeria, Pleads for Unity

Lai Mohammed Condemns Calls for Secession in Nigeria, Pleads for Unity

- Lai Mohammed has advocated for a united Nigeria

- The minister of information and culture said Nigeria's challenges can be overcome

- Mohammed stated that demands for restructuring are normal

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The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, has discouraged the calls for secession by some groups in the country.

The minister described the calls for secession as unacceptable, The Nation reported.

Lai Mohammed Condemns Call for Secession in Nigeria, Pleads for Unity
Lai Mohammed said the current administration is doing everything possible to return peace and security across the country. Photo: @FMICNigeria
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Lai Mohammed made the statement on Thursday, May 20, during his speech at the opening ceremony of the 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) held in Bauchi state.

The minister who joined the programme virtually urged Nigerians not to allow current challenges jeopardise the country’s unity.

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Mohammed said:

''While it is alright for citizens to call for restructuring and true federalism, what is not acceptable is the call in certain quarters for secession.
“Whatever challenges we have today as a nation, can and will be surmounted. In fact, the Federal Government had set in motion the necessary machinery to tackle the challenge of insecurity.
“We should therefore not allow today’s challenges, whether in the area of economy or security, to jeopardise our unity.''

Meanwhile, the governor of Plateau, Simon Lalong, has described the act of tagging particular tribes in Nigeria as being criminal in nature as divisive and detrimental to national growth.

Governor Lalong in a statement issued on Wednesday, May 19, noted that for peace and unity to reign, the trend of profiling of criminals along ethnic, religious, and political lines must be eschewed.

VON reported that in the governor's view since Nigeria is diverse with people of different backgrounds, it will always be unfair to see any tribe through the lens of ethnic prejudice.

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In another news, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto, has expressed optimism that Nigeria will not go into war again despite agitations from different quarters calling for secession.

The Sokoto monarch who is also the president of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) said this on Wednesday, May 19, in Abuja.

He said he is a believer in dialogue which his religion (Islam) taught him and would always advocate for dialogue as a way to achieve peace.


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