The Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has said that banditry, the Boko Haram insurgency and general insecurity in the country are responsible for some Nigerian groups agitating for secession.
The minister stated this during a Town Hall meeting in Kaduna tagged: “Setting Benchmarks for Enhanced Security and National Unity in Nigeria”.
Mohammed said the issues of farmers, herders crisis, banditry, kidnapping among other insecurity challenges have led to increasing calls for secession in the country.
According to him, “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 a rising call for secession as well as the 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.
The Minister said the town hall meeting, with the theme, tagged: “Setting Benchmarks for Enhanced Security and National Unity in Nigeria”, was part of measures and avenues to rally Nigerians to find lasting solutions to insecurity in the West African nation.
He emphasised that teamwork from all Nigerians in ensuring the rescue of the country remains the solution to these challenges.