Presidency forecloses wooing secessionists, fresh national conference
Advises agitators to seek redress at National Assembly
The Presidency has ruled out payments for promoters of Nigeria’s balkanisation. The Senior Special Assistant (SSS) on Media and Publicity to the President, Shehu Garba, at an interactive session with reporters, organised by the All Progressives Congress (APC) Professional Forum in Abuja, maintained that his principal could not be stampeded by secessionists.
Itemising ongoing efforts by the current administration to restore peace in the country, the presidential aide declared that Nigeria would remain one and indivisible nation.
He said it was heartwarming hearing voices of reason from chieftains of Afenifere, Ohanaeze and governors of the South East and South West geopolitical zones.
His words: “You can’t intimidate Buhari. You can’t bully him. A lot of these people calling for secession are the problem of this country.
“They had used it in the past. You cry secession for the breakup of Nigeria to intimidate the sitting leader to open the vault and brings money to settle people.
“President Buhari will pay no one. He is not going to pay. Now, it’s clear that having ignored all of them, reasonable opinions from those states and regions, as well as the governors of the South West and South East have denounced all of these things.
“So it’s a sham. Nigerians want to be one. Yes, there are problems and we are hoping that as a people united and loving one another, we will come together to solve them.”
Shehu, who foreclosed the convocation of a national conference, called on the agitators to take their grievances to the National Assembly for amicable resolution.
He added: “Anyone, who is a democrat in heart, practice and belief, should believe in the tripartite structure of government – legislature, executive and judiciary – each one being independent and cooperating with the other.
“We have an elected parliament mandated to be the custodian of the sovereignty of the Nigerian people. Look, a lot of these people crying for this secession were unelectable.”
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