The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, has said that those in support of secession of parts of Nigeria from the country cannot intimidate President Muhammadu Buhari to grant their wishes.
Among groups calling for secession are the Yoruba Nation Agitators in the southwest and the Indigenous People of Biafra in the southeast.
Shehu said this in Abuja on Tuesday at the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress.
“The first one is about the unity of this country and the calls for secession, and they said the presidency is not talking; the presidency has been talking and our position is clearly that this country is one and is united, and by the grace of God will continue to be united.
“One thing with this President – and the National Secretary (of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee of the APC) has said a bit of that; you can’t intimidate Buhari. You can’t bully him.
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“A lot of these people who are calling for secessions; they are the problem of this country. And I am happy that reasonable opinions, reasonable voices are now rising. Is it not only yesterday that we are reading Afenifere – the most credible faction of Afenifere – saying ‘we’re not for secession’? The Ohanaeze Ndi’gbo have said this over and over again.
“So, this thing about secession; they had used it in the past. You create secession and break up Nigeria and then, you intimidate the sitting leader and then he opens the booth and he brings money to settle people. President Buhari will pay no one. He is not going to pay. And now, it is clear that having ignored all of that, reasonable opinions are coming from those states and from those regions,” he said.