- In the past few months, there have been calls for secession by some groups in the country following the challenges facing Nigeria
- According to Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state, agitators for secession are being supported by some foreign countries
- Ayade noted that the reason such countries support secessionist agitations is that they want to boost their gun trade
FCT, Abuja - Amid the calls for secession in some parts of Nigeria, Cross River state governor, Ben Ayade has identified the people supporting the agitators.
The governor made the disclosure on Thursday, June 3, to journalists after he visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa.
Though Ayade did not mention the name of any country, he, however, explained that some foreign nation target areas with natural resources and support secessionist agitations.
He went on to urge Nigerians to come together and support President Muhammadu Buhari to overcome insurgency.
“On one side, they’re funding enemies of state; on the other hand, they’re funding secessionists so that they can be in the business of guns.”
Lai Mohammed condemns calls for secession
The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, has discouraged the calls for secession by some groups in the country. He described the calls for secession as unacceptable.
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.
Afenifere says secession is not the solution
Meanwhile, the leader of pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, identified the 1999 Constitution as the nation's problem, saying he cannot stay under the current structure Nigeria operates.
Adebanjo who made the remark during a zoom event on Sunday, May 23, described the 1999 Constitution as fraudulent.
While reiterating that restructuring will solve all insecurity issues in the country, Adebanjo called for a new constitution.