MINISTER of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has called on Nigerians to shun promoters of secession.
Mohammed made the call last night during a radio programme monitored in Lagos.
According to him, Federal Government is working hard to improve national security and prevent secession tendencies.
“Those who support separation and secession would be the first to run away when any problem starts. People should not listen to agents of anarchy and instability because many of them have about four passports of other countries,” he said.
Speaking on issues around security, Mohammed said the Federal Government’s efforts in that respect necessitated the Town Hall meeting on security held on April 8 in Kaduna.
“Setting benchmarks for enhanced security and national unity in Nigeria. We were moved by security issues around the country and called for a meeting of all relevant stakeholders on April 8 in Kaduna. That we have ethnicity issues is not new. Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Boko Haram and farmer-herders clashes are not new; all we must do is to look for the way forward. We are aware of them, the government is working. Secession is not the way out of our challenges. You don’t cure headache by beheading the patient. The things that unite us in Nigeria are more than what separate us,” continued.
The minister said the stakeholders at the Town Hall meeting in Kaduna came up with some recommendations to further secure and unite the country toward progress.
Mohammed added that eight ministers, lawmakers, traditional leaders, religious leaders, scholars and civil society organisations, opposition parties and security chiefs personally attended the meeting.
According to him, the stakeholders recommended supremacy of the law, empowerment of the Police and other security agencies, as well as the need for political restructuring.
The stakeholders at the meeting were united against secession, opting for a restructured and stronger nation.
He added that the meeting also recommended decentralisation, restructuring and reorganisation of the judiciary as well as training and retraining of judges.
“We cannot do these without constitutional amendment. The stakeholders also recommended that security operatives be equipped with modern equipment to boost efficiency necessary to win the trust and confidence of the people. Those who support separation and secession will be the first to run away when any problem starts. We should not listen to them as many of them have about four passports of other countries. The stakeholders also recommended the establishment of ranches and grazing reserves with necessary amenities such as water, education and healthcare facilities for humans and livestock,” Mohammed said.