Leaders and governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the south-west region have condemned separatist tendencies and violence in various parts of the country. At a meeting held on Sunday at the Lagos House in Marina, the leaders expressed concerns over the insecurity situation in the country and asked the government to protect the victims.
Those in attendance included APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu; former interim national chairman of the party, Bisi Akande; former Chief of Army Staff, General Alani Akinrinade; and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, as well as his counterparts in Ogun and Osun States, Dapo Abiodun and Adegboyega Oyetola, also attended the meeting. Briefing reporters at the end of the meeting, Akande noted that they have endorsed the position of the southern governors to ban open grazing and movement of cattle by foot.
As part of efforts to address the crisis between herders and farmers and douse the tension, the leaders asked the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to give support to those who want to set up ranching.
They also urged the Federal Government to consider the option of true federalism that would give more powers to the state governments. True federalism, according to the APC leaders and governors, will help the states to better protect their territories.
Prior to the meeting, there have been calls for secession in parts of the country recently, especially in the south-west and south-east regions. While some agitators held rallies to demand Yoruba nation in the west, others in the east have renewed their call for Biafra nation.
At a rally held on Saturday in Akure, the Ondo State capital, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu was alleged to have given his support for Yoruba nation – a claim the governor has since refuted. Rather, he declared his commitment to a virile, united, and indivisible Nigeria, stressing that separatist agitators were on their own.