Those agitating for Nigeria’s breakup and issuing exit notice risk jail terms as such actions violate the country’s laws, Nigeria’s acting President Yemi Osinbajo has warned.
The country’s stand-in president gave the warning when he met with traditional rulers from the South East at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Sunday.
The meeting was part of the acting president’s consultations with concerned leaders from the South East over the recent exit notice issued to the Igbos resident in the North by a coalition of northern youths.
Osinbajo last Tuesday began consultations with leaders from the North and warned that the government would deal decisively with persons who make hate speeches or attempt to disrupt the peace of the country.
The acting president has also met with political leaders of thought from the South East on Wednesday at the State House, issuing the same warning to them.
Osinbajo noted that the manner of the agitations, method and objective were wrong, unlawful and a violation of the nation’s Constitution.
I want to repeat that both the agitations for secession and the ultimatum to leave the northern states are wrong and a violation of our Constitution.
Our Constitution says in Section 2 that Nigeria is one indivisible and indissoluble sovereign state to be known by the name `The Federal Republic of Nigeria’.
That is the law of our country. Let us not be in any doubt about the fact that the Federal Government is committed to ensuring that our country remains united.
And, anyone who violates the law in the manner such as we are seeing all over the place will be met with the full force of the law.
The reason why it is so is because for Nigeria’s unity, enough blood has been spilled and many hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost.’’
He recalled that many Nigerians had paid the supreme price to keep the country united.
It will be wrong for men and women of goodwill in this generation to toy with those sacrifices that had been made.’
Osinbajo, however, said that the government and people “must be sensitive to the reasons why there are agitations by the various young men across the various zones of this country.