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NEWS UPDATE: Independence Day: Agitations for Nigeria’s breakup is politically motivated – Ex-Minister, Abdullahi

NEWS UPDATE: Independence Day: Agitations for Nigeria’s breakup is politically motivated – Ex-Minister, Abdullahi

Alhaji Yerima Abdullahi, a former Government minister of Education, has described agitations for Nigeria’s partition as politically motivated.

Abdullahi said this in an interview with the Word Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe on Monday, ahead of the country’s 61st independence anniversary on Oct. 1.

He also expressed optimism that Nigeria, in spite of various challenges confronting it, would eventually emerge stronger and to a greater extent united whether the citizens could halt agitating for a breakup.

The elderberry statesman said since independence in 1960 that the country has passed through turbulent periods, including the civil state of war and other political upheavals, and is still able to emerge stronger.

Abdullahi said it was counterproductive at this period of national evolution to allow some unpatriotic elements to destroy the solid foundation laid by the country’s founding fathers.

He said, “The agitations by some people for the breakup of this country is politically motivated and satisfying the egos of few politicians bent at grabbing powerfulness by all agency essential.’’

The former government minister, notwithstanding, dismissed claims that some sections of the country are existence marginalised, arguing that some politicians rather than supporting the system are creating problems.

He warned such politicians to desist from provoking their followers to unleash terrorism against the law-abiding citizens of the country but to counsel their followers to seek solutions to their grievances.

Abdullahi urged Nigerians, irrespective of their ethnic or devout differences, to collectively bring together hands towards building a united and affluent country.

He warned that Nigeria should not re-create other countries similar Sudan, Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and Somalia, who are at present existence considered as failed states after the breaking from their countries.

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