Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has warned those calling for Nigeria to break up to have a rethink because they will need visas to enter neighbouring states like Kano.
Osinbajo said this while delivering his speech virtually at the 12th Bola Tinubu colloquium held in commemoration of Tinubu’s 69th birthday in Kano.
The Vice-President, who is the special guest of honour, said the initial plan was to hold a completely virtual event but Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State offered to host a physical event that would run alongside the virtual one on Zoom.
“For the purveyors of breaking up into small components, into small countries, perhaps they should be reminded that we would not have been able to accept Governor Ganduje’s offer to come to Kano at a short notice since we would all have needed visas to come to Kano,” Osinbajo said, adding that Kano was a strategic location because it was the home of radical and progressive ideals.
His warning comes against the backdrop of mounting calls for a breakup of the country, particularly in the south-east and south-west.
There have been growing secessionist pressures since President Muhammadu Buhari assumed the helm with the country bedeviled by widespread insecurity, chronic poverty, a corrosive economy and alleged nepotism by the federal government.
Buhari recently revealed that he does not with for the country to be plunged into another civil war which will inevitably lead to needles bloodshed on all sides.