Ahmed Lawan, the Senate president of Nigeria, said on Saturday in his home town in Gashua in Yobe state, that the elite in Nigeria are responsible for the plot to divide the country.
The Senate president said the legislative arm of Nigeria, would ensure that normalcy and security are restored to state facing insurgency, kidnapping, banditry and militancy.
He also disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari would later this month submit a supplementary budget to the National Assembly to request more fund to tackle insecurity.
He said, is only when there is safety of lives and property in the country, that will attract foreign investment, and he said further that when the security is improved, it will translate also to improve farming and make other sector grow, and hope will be restored,
“Mr. President gave the security chiefs six weeks to restore security in our rural areas because the rainy season will come pretty soon. Without security in the rural areas, there’ll be no farming.”
Lawan, who underscored the importance of unity in national development, said the people clamouring for the break-up of the country were in the vast minority.
The Senate President described the agitators as “disgruntled elites” bent on satisfying their self-serving interest to the detriment of the majority of citizens.
“The elite is where the problem is. The elites will tell you, ‘we have to secede’. I believe that we should be fair to the multitude of Nigerians, the ordinary people. What they require is leadership.
“Nigeria will continue to be one. What we need to emphasize always is equity, justice and fairness to all, for all. The only way is to ensure that everybody feels belonged”, Lawan added.