By Babajide Okeowo
The Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF Dr. Kayode Fayemi has laid the blame for the repeated calls for secession by different ethnic groups in Nigeria on the doorsteps of frustration of the agitators with the perceived failure of government to meet their aspirations.
Fayemi, who is also the governor of Ekiti State made this known while appearing on The Morning Show, the flagship breakfast programme on ARISE NEWS Channel.
He however cautioned those advocating the breakup of Nigeria to drop the campaign as secession will not address the multifarious challenges confronting the nation.
“Frankly, when you have stress and laxity in society, you are bound to find a whole range of responses. Some rational, some irrational, some that speak to the fears of the people, some opportunistic and hare-brained. There’s no question that some of the reactions we have seen will fall into all of those categories.
The people, who are saying those things (secession), are saying so out of frustration. But I don’t think that that’s the solution to the Nigerian predicament. I have been on record several times that on matters of security and national development, we need to find ways of managing our diversity and differences in this country” he said.
The governor also disclosed that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) did not fully appreciate the severity of the problems in the country during its campaign in 2015.
“Perhaps what we didn’t do enough was to understand the extent and the enormity of the challenge at the time in all of its comprehensiveness and coming to office, we have had to deal with that” he added.