Elite behind agitation for Nigeria’s break-up – Senate President

….ministers advising Buhari wrongly on governance – Lawan

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, says those clamouring for the break-up of the country are the few elite

Lawan also said President Muhammadu Buhari would later in April submit a supplementary budget to the National Assembly for more funds to tackle insecurity in the country.

A statement from his Media office said Lawan spoke with journalists on Saturday in his home town Gashua, Yobe State.

The Senate President alleged that those behind the minority agitations were disgruntled members of the elite class bent on satisfying their self-serving interest to the detriment of majority of Nigerians.

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But Lawan added that the unity of Nigeria would continue to be the cardinal focus of the National Assembly by ensuring equity, justice and fairness for every part of the country.

He said, “Nigeria will continue to be one. What we need to emphasise always is equity, justice and fairness to all, for all.

“I think this is one way to go, probably the only way to go to ensure that everybody feels belonged.

“This administration has done quite a lot in that area, if you look at the spread of Federal Government projects across the country, you will agree with me that the Federal Government has not favoured any part of the country.

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“I think the government is doing quite a lot to ensure that there’s that equitable distribution of projects across the country.

“I believe that the unity of this country will continue to be our major focus. From time to time you hear some people talking of maybe establishing their own country or secession.

“I believe that majority of Nigerians believe that they should stay together – and I mean the ordinary Nigerians. These are people who believe in the unity of this country.

“But the elite is where the problem is, the elite will tell you, no, we have to secede. I believe that we should be fair to the multitude of Nigerians – those ordinary people of Nigeria. What they require is leadership.

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“We must give them leadership, a fair leadership. If we have any issues, we should be able to discuss the issues. We should not neglect people when they complain, but that is not likely to be the most popular position of the people from any part of the country. So, I believe that unity of this country is non-negotiable.”

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