Senate Warns Groups Calling For Nigeria’s Break-up
The Nigerian Senate has maintained a firm position about the unity of Nigeria, warning persons that are calling for the break-up of the nation to embrace unity.
At an event on Friday, organised to mark the second anniversary of the 8th National Assembly, Senators vowed to defend Nigeria’s Unity and enact laws that would ensure that Nigerians are more united.
There have been series of calls for secession, with a south-south group joining the demand on Friday.
On Tuesday, a coalition of groups in northern Nigeria issued a 3-month ultimatum to Igbos in the north to leave the region before October 1.
In the past two years, agitations for Independence of the south-east region has heightened, with groups like Independent People of Biafra and Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra championing the demand.
Addressing Senators at the event, Senate President Bukola Saraki, however, appreciated them for their “unflinching support” both to him and the entire Senate.
He emphasised that "there is only one Nigeria".
"The Senate must stand to maintain that there is only one Nigeria, the next 2 years would be more challenging," the Senate President told the lawmakers.
“Over the last two years, we have built a legislature that is genuinely fraternal and conducive for parliamentary business.
“The 8th Senate broke the 12-year jinx on the PIB by passing the Petroleum Industrial Governance Bill.
“The 8th Senate recorded another first by becoming the first to unveil and pursue the self-development and economic reform agenda to aid ease of doing business in Nigeria,” he added.