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Fayemi: Those calling for secession of south-west doing so out of frustration, govt not managing Nigeria’s diversity well

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has said those calling for the secession of the south-west states from Nigeria were doing so out of frustration.

He also said the government may need to look into better ways of managing diversity in the country.


Expressing his view on the matter in an interview with Arise Television on Tuesday, Fayemi said irrational responses are expected when the society is agitated.

“Frankly, when you have stress and laxity in society, you’re bound to find a whole range of responses. Some rational, some irrational, some that speaks to the fears that people, some opportunistic and harebrained. There’s no question that some of the reactions we’ve seen will fall into all of those categories,” he said.

The governor said he is optimistic that the country will overcome its challenges, adding that those calling for secession are doing so out of frustration.

“I have gone on record to say that I have unfailing optimism that in spite of all our challenges, this country will triumph and we’ll survive current challenges. We as leaders must focus on the goal of protecting lives and property, and focus on safety and security as the primary responsibility that we have,” he said.

“The people who are talking about secession frankly, some of them are doing it out of frustration. I don’t think that’s the solution to the Nigerian predicament right now.

“In matters of economic development, we may need to begin to look at other ways of managing diversity and difference in our country and that devolution of power is an idea whose time has come.”

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