In recent times, various factions and ethnic groups that make up Nigeria have raised calls for a secession.
These ethnic groups continue to raise their voices due to their feelings of segregation and alleged ill-treatment towards them.
Meanwhile, the Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, has said that those calling for secession are doing so out of frustration.
He raised his concerns due to the present alarm raised by by some quarters for the breakaway of the South-West region from Nigeria and the establishment of Yoruba nation.
Fayemi, while speaking on Arise Television on Tuesday said, such agitation is expected, especially when there are stress and laxity in society.
The Governors statement states in part, “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 speak to the fears of the 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 expressed great hope, that the country will triumph and survive the current challenges it is faced with.
He said the time has come for the devolution of power and that the country needs to adopt other measures at managing its diversity.
“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,” Fayemi 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.”
This comes a day after his Ondo State counterpart, Rotimi Akeredolu, dissociated his state from the calls of those pushing for the secession of the South-West from Nigeria.