The Presidency has said President Muhammadu Buhari will not be bullied over calls for secession noting that those championing that course are the problem of the country.
The presidential spokesman Garba Shehu stated this yesterday while chatting with journalists during a media parley at the headquarters of the All Progressives Congress in Abuja.
Shehu noted that the Federal Government is working tirelessly in addressing the challenges the country is facing, and those who are calling for secession and national conference are unelectable people who do not care for the overall nation’s democracy.
“One thing with this president is, you can’t intimidate Buhari, you can’t bully him,” he said. “A lot of these people who are calling for secession, they are the problem of this country. And I am happy that reasonable opinions, voices are now rising.
“Is it not only yesterday we read about Afenifere — the most credible faction of Afenifere — saying ‘we’re not for secession’? Ohanaeze Ndigbo said this over and over again.
“So, this thing about secession is they had used it in the past. You cry secession and breakup Nigeria and then you intimidate the sitting leader and then he opens the vault 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.
“The governors in the southwest — we have all heard them — they have denounced all of these things.
“So, it’s a sham. Nigerians want to be one. They want to continue. Yes, there are problems and we are hoping that as people united and loving of one another, we will come together and solve our problems.”
Recall that the governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi, has had somtimes last month opined that those calling for secession from Nigeria are doing so out of frustration.
He noted that such agitation is expected when there are stress and laxity in society.
“Frankly, when you have stress and laxity in society, you’re bound to find a whole range of responses. Some rational, some irrational, some that speak to the fears of the people, some opportunistic and harebrained. There’s no question that some of the reactions we’ve seen will fall into all of those categories.” Fayemi said.