The Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Alhaji Garba Shehu, has stated that secession agenda is no longer attractive due to the failure of its leadership to extort money from President Buhari.
Sheu made the disclosure at a media parley at the secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja.
He assured that the disturbing spate of insecurity in the South East would soon be a thing of the past, as the army would soon crush criminals terrorising the zone.
“The first question is about the unity of this country; calls for secession and the claim that the presidency is not talking. The presidency has been talking. And our position is clearly that this country is one, it is united, and by the grace of God will continue to be united.
“One thing is that you can’t intimidate Buhari. You can’t bully him. A lot of these people who are calling for secessions are the problem of this country and I am happy that reasonable opinion and reasonable voices are now rising. Is it not only yesterday we were reading Afenifere, the most credible faction of Afenifere saying we are not for secession. Ohanaeze has said this over and over again. So this thing about secession is, they had used it in the past.
“You create secession and break up Nigeria and then you intimidate the sitting leader and then he opens the vault and brings money to settle people. President Buhari will pay no one. He is not going to pay, and now it is clear that having ignored all of that, reasonable opinions are coming from those states and from those regions. We have all heard the governors in South West denounced all of these things. So it’s a sham, Nigerians want to be one, they want to continue. Yes, there are problems and we are hoping that as people united and loving of one another, we will come together and solve our problems,” he said.