Jos, 07 October, 2021 / 9:02 pm (ACI Africa).
The push for secession from a section of Nigerians is a manifestation of “bad governance”, representatives of Christian leaders in the West African country have said.
“More people and groups are clamoring for secession from Nigeria. You cannot blame the citizens, because it’s a problem of bad governance,” an official of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has been quoted as saying in a Tuesday, October 5 news report.
CAN’s Director of National Issues and Social Welfare who was reacting to Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe’s claim that over 30 secessionist groups exist in Southeastern Nigeria blamed the clamor for secession to marginalization.
The government’s failure to meet the basic needs of the citizens is behind the push for the creation of a new state, Bishop Stephen Adegbite says in the October 5 report, and explains, “If the ordinary citizen is able to meet up with the necessities of life, nobody will seek to secede from Nigeria."
Until the basic needs of the people of God in Nigeria are met, the CAN official says, “The agitation by secessionists will continue to mount.”