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Calls for secession: Lai Mohammed identifies key reasons responsible

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Thursday, listed the key reasons for the rising calls for secession in the country.

Mohammed said the issues of farmers, herders crisis, banditry, kidnapping among other insecurity challenges have led to increasing calls for secession in Nigeria.

The minister stated this during a Town Hall meeting in Kaduna tagged: “Setting Benchmarks for Enhanced Security and National Unity in Nigeria”.

According to him, teamwork from all Nigerians in ensuring the rescue of the country remains the solution to these challenges.

“Ominously, the general state of insecurity, as reflected in incidences of farmers/herders clashes, Boko Haram insurgency, banditry, ethno-religious clashes and intolerance, cultism, drug addiction and kidnapping for ransom, are now triggering rising call for secession as well as politicization of ethnic and religious differences.

“Bluntly put, the insecurity and its manifestations pose a dangerous threat to the unity of the country and its continued existence as one indivisible nation.

“How did we get here and what can we do to change the narrative? We believe that finding a way out of the situation in which we have found ourselves requires teamwork, reflecting all diversities and leveraging on all our collective creativity to pursue with diligence the project of rescuing Nigeria,” Mohammed said.

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