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You Need More Energy To Achieve Secession, Lai Mohammed Tells Agitators

You Need More Energy To Achieve Secession, Lai Mohammed Tell

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The Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has told secessionists that more energy is needed to break Nigeria than to fix it.

The Minister rejected the calls for secession during an interview on Channels Television Newsnight on Monday, adding that the strength of the country is its diversity.

“The agitation for political restructuring is okay. However, what is not okay is the call for secession or for separation,” he said.

“We would need more energy to break Nigeria than to fix it. As a matter of fact, the strength of Nigeria is its diversity. So everybody agreed that secession is not an option.”

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Mohammed further kicked against the open grazing of cattle and animals as part of measures to tackle the farmers/herders’ clashes claiming lives in some part of the country.

He maintained that the current system of animal husbandry is not sustainable, saying that “ranches must be established all over, grazing reserves must be established.”

Speaking on security challenges in the country, Buhari minister supported several calls for the creation of state police.

He opined that the move would help tackle the myriads of security threats in several parts of the country.

He then called on the National Assembly and the State House of Assemblies to work together in making it happen.

Nigeria has been confronted with series of security threats ranging from terrorism, banditry, militancy, cultism and many others in several parts of the country.

The country has been battling terrorism for more than a decade which has killed 36,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands in the northeast.

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The Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) split from the jihadist group Boko Haram in 2016 and has since become a dominant threat in Nigeria, attacking troops and bases while killing and kidnapping passengers at bogus checkpoints.

On March 1, jihadist fighters burnt down a United Nations humanitarian compound in the town of Dikwa after dislodging troops, killing six civilians.

Nigeria’s jihadist violence has spread to neighbouring Chad, Cameroon and Niger, prompting a regional military coalition to fight the insurgents.

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