The federal government says Nigeria will remain united despite ongoing secession agitation by various ethnic groups in the country, especially the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahaman Dambazau stated this on Friday at Government House, Jos, while speaking with journalists shortly after he met with the governor of Plateau state, Simon Lalong, and heads of security agencies in the state.
The closed-door meeting followed an ethnic clash in Jos in which two persons were confirmed dead on Thursday.
Nigeria will remain one in spite of the uprising by the IPOB. I can assure you that government is in total control.
Dambazzau said the presence of soldiers anywhere in the country is for the safety of citizens, urging citizens to cooperate with security agents to curtail violence.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Plateau State Youth Council, Fabong Jemchang, has demanded that the leaders of the warring parties in Thursday’s Jos riot should be made to produce those behind the violence for prosecution.
Jemchang insisted that perpetrators of the riot must be brought to justice.
We are calling on members of both the Igbo and Hausa communities in Jos and Bukuru metropolis to help the State Government to fish out the perpetrators of these acts and criminal elements in their midst.
Jemchang, who cautioned youths to shun violence, called on governors of the south-east states to ensure the protection of lives and property of all residents of their states.
We are appealing to governors in the south-east to ensure the safety of all ethnic groups within their state and support the federal government in restoring law and order in the region.
He also pledged Plateau youths’ support for government at all levels towards restoring peace and harmony in Nigeria.