Elite behind push to divide Nigeria, says Senate President

April 3, 2021
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The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Saturday alleged that those clamouring for the break-up of the country were the elite, who were in the vast minority.

He also disclosed that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), would later this month submit a supplementary budget to the National Assembly to request for more funds to tackle insecurity across parts of the country.

Lawan, according to a statement from his media office, made the disclosure while speaking to journalists in his home town Gashua, Yobe State, on Saturday.

According to him, those behind the minority agitations were disgruntled elites bent on satisfying their self-serving interest to the detriment of majority of Nigerians.

He added that the unity of Nigeria would continue to be the cardinal focus of the National Assembly by ensuring equity, justice and fairness for every part of the country.

Lawan said, “Nigeria will continue to be one. What we need to emphasise always is equity, justice and fairness to all, for all.

“I think this is one way to go, probably the only way to go to ensure that everybody feels belonged.

“This administration has done quite a lot in that area, if you look at the spread of federal government projects across the country, you will agree with me that the federal government has not favored any part of the country.

“I think the government is doing quite a lot to ensure that there’s that equitable distribution of projects across the country.

“I believe that the unity of this country will continue to be our major focus. From time to time you hear some people talking of maybe establishing their own country or secession.

“I believe that majority of Nigerians believe that they should stay together – and I mean the ordinary Nigerians. These are people who believe in the unity of this country.

“But the elite is where the problem is, the elite will tell you, no, we have to secede. I believe that we should be fair to the multitude of Nigerians – those ordinary people of Nigeria. What they require is leadership.

“We must give them leadership, a fair leadership. If we have any issues, we should be able to discuss the issues. We should not neglect people when they complain, but that is not likely to be the most popular position of the people from any part of the country. So, I believe that unity of this country is non-negotiable”, Lawan said.

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