A former Minister of Education, Yerima Abdullahi, has described agitations for Nigeria’s division as politically motivated.
Mr Abdullahi said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Gombe on Monday, ahead of the country’s 61st independence anniversary on Oct. 1.
He also expressed optimism that Nigeria, in spite of various challenges confronting it, would eventually emerge stronger and more united if the citizens can stop agitating for breakup.
The elder statesman said since independence in 1960, that the country has passed through turbulent periods, including the civil war and other political upheavals, and still able to emerge stronger.
Mr Abdullahi said it was counterproductive at this period of the national development to allow some unpatriotic elements destroy the solid foundation laid by the nation’s founding fathers.
“The agitations by some people for the breakup of this country is politically motivated and satisfying the egos of few politicians bent at grabbing power by all means necessary.’’
The former minister, however, dismissed claims that some sections of the country are being marginalised, arguing that some politicians rather than supporting the system are creating problems.
He warned such politicians to desist from provoking their followers to unleash terror against the law-abiding citizens of the country but to counsel their followers to seek solutions to their grievances.
He urged Nigerians, irrespective of their ethnic or religious differences, to collectively join hands towards building a united and prosperous country.
He warned that Nigeria should copy other countries like Sudan, Libya and Somalia, who are now being considered as failed states after the breaking from their countries.
Speaking on the level of insecurity in the country, Mr Abdullahi blamed the political class for aggravating the situation.
He accused politicians, especially those from the opposition parties, of playing politics with the problem of insecurity bedevilling most parts of the country.
He advised politicians, irrespective of their party affiliation, to consider the current security challenges as a threat to the corporate existence of the country by proffering solutions towards tackling the problem.
He said the issue of security should not be left to the government alone requires the effort of all Nigerians in order to tackle the menace.