The Nation (Nigeria)

Activist cautions FG over clampdown on agitators


APUBLIC affairs analyst cum rights activist, Adeniyi Akanni has cautioned the Federal Government over the recent clampdown on ethnic agitators in the country.

He described the deployment of operatives of Department of State Security Service (DSS) by the Federal Government to Yoruba activist Sunday Igboho’s home in Ibadan, Oyo State as wrong.

He said: ‘’The people who are talking about secession are doing it out of frustratio­n, government could only stop the likes of Sunday Igboho and Nnamdi Kanu from threatenin­g the country with secession by addressing the problems of marginalis­ation, nepotism, and refusal to circulate power.

‘’Nigeria is at crossroads with the mindless bloodletti­ng by bandits and marginalis­ation of some particular groups threatenin­g its existence. The issues being raised by Sunday Igboho, Nnamdi Kanu should not be addressed with force, but rather, by entrenchin­g justice and fair play in the country.

He added: “If we don’t address the problems of marginaliz­ation, nepotism, refusal to circulate power to all political regions, you cannot end the secessioni­st outcry of the Kanus, and Igbohos.’’

‘’Igboho, Nnamdi Kanu and Asari Dokubo were once patriotic Nigerians who believed in one Nigeria. They were once champions of a united Nigeria. They once believed in their country. We need to ask ourselves what transforme­d them from people who love their country into secessioni­sts.

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