The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has berated President Muhammadu Buhari over claim that he is not intimidated by activities of secessionist groups in the country.
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Rev. John Hayab, CAN vice chairman (north), said this on Tuesday while reacting to the claim by the Presidency that Buhari will not be bullied by any group calling for division of the country.
Hayab, who described the claim by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, as display of fake arrogance, urged Buhari to tackle the factors responsible for the agitations for Nigeria’s break-up, saying things are not working well in the country.
“It is not cheering news that many groups in Nigeria now are clamouring for secession. Everyone will desire to see Nigeria growing as a big, united, strong and dependable nation. But the current realities have created room for more people and interest groups to seek secession from what they see as a nation without hope or future,” Hayab said.
“As our president, you cannot expect Buhari not to talk tough. However, history will not be kind to him, if this nation breaks up during his tenure as president. The challenge now is whether all that is happening now across every state and region is just to intimidate or bully the president?
“The truth is that things are not going on well and the President should come up with measures to convince Nigerians that he means well and he is truly in charge. Claiming that he is not intimidated by the threats from secessionist is only a display of fake arrogance that this administration is known for.”