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Why agitation for secession persists, by DAWN Commission

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The Director General of DAWN Commission, Mr.<br />Seye Oyeleye attending an emergency virtual meeting of Southwest Agric Commissioners and Southwest Agricultural Company, on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. PHOTO: TWITTER/ DAWN COMMISSION

Don’t give up on Nigeria, clerics urge citizens

The Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission, at the weekend, said the agitation for secession and separation in Nigeria was a result of the wonky structure of the country.

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Its Director-General, Mr. Seye Oyeleye, who spoke with The Guardian in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, said secession would not come easy; faulting those saying the Yoruba can secede from Nigeria peacefully.

He said he did not believe it is possible to secede without bloodshed, warning that one could only know the beginning of the war but nobody would know the end.

Olaleye, however, stated that the country would be better as a restructured nation than a dismembered one.

He said: “I can assure you that nobody wants a separated Nigeria. People are frustrated and they are venting their frustration in different ways.

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“What we need to be clamouring and pushing for strongly is a restructured Nigeria and not a dismembered one.”
MEANWHILE, the Catholic Bishop of Osogbo Diocese, Most Rev. John Oyejola, has asked Nigerians not to lose hope in the quest for a country of their dreams.

He said they should be hopeful and not be tired of praying for the rejuvenation of the nation.

Bishop Oyejola, while giving a homily on the celebration of Palm Sunday at St. Benedict Cathedral, Osogbo, urged Nigerians, especially Christians, to emulate the humility of Jesus Christ during His Triumphant entry into Jerusalem.

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He stressed the need for Nigerian not to allow depression to set in owing to the myriad of challenges bedevilling the nation.

Another cleric, Rev. Fr. Ambrose Olasinde, while addressing worshippers of St. John Paul II Catholic Church, Oke-Baale, advised Christians to trust God for a better Nigeria.

Olasinde said Nigerians should not be tired of praying for the betterment and transformation of the country notwithstanding its present problems.

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