Nigeria's colonial master, Britain, is not in support of any agitation for secession, top of which is the demand for the independence of south-east states - Biafra.

There have been agitations for Biafra but never in the past has it been this intense.

If there is one country that Nigerians will want to hear its opinion about the agitation it is the United Kingdom.

That comment has come.

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, on Friday dissociated the British authorities from any form of agitation.

“We are in support of the unity of Nigeria and also support the Nigerian government.

“We have nothing to do with any agitation aimed at the break-up of Nigeria.

“We strongly support the unity of Nigeria. We strongly support the Federal Government and that is the position the British government has held consistently.

“So, we have absolutely no interest in stirring up any agitation and anybody who claims that the British government is involved in any way in any of that is completely wrong,” he said.

Mr Arkwright was in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara State, where he met with the Speaker of the State House of Assembly.

He told the Speaker that Nigeria was important to Britain and that his country strongly believed in the unity of the nation that was its former colony.

The stance of the British government is coming weeks after the American government said it also wants Nigeria to remain one.