Rasheed Ladoja, a former governor of Oyo State, has urged leaders from southern Nigeria to be mindful of their long-drawn-out rhetorics of the state of the country, saying those in the northern part are already planning to leave the country.
Ladoja said this to journalists after observing the Eid-el-Fitr prayer at the University of Ibadan Central Mosque, on Thursday.
According to the former governor, political leaders from the south have dwelt so much on issues such as restructuring without any purposeful action backing up their dialogue.
He claimed that it is not a coincidence that a railway track in the northern region is being built and will be linked to Niger Republic while a more economically viable railway from the southern part of the country to the north is not been considered or constructed currently.
Ladoja, however, cautioned secessionists calling for self-determination to stop their agenda, saying everybody may know how a conflict starts but will not know how it will end because of the casualties associated with such an event.
He said: “Let us start with tolerance. At a certain level, people will be talking, but we only know the beginning of a war, not the end. Nobody will remember how the war in Syria started and it is still on for years. And everything they built is being destroyed. So, I think we have to do it softly. We have started democracy. We are not happy with the way it is going.
“But even Quran says there will be a time when God will give you good leaders; there will be a time when the leaders that you are given by God are not as good because He wants you people to see the difference. We should assume that this too will pass. It started six years ago. In another two years, it will go.
“If you are saying because of that you want to go or you don’t want to go, who even tells you that the North is not even getting ready to go? Let us look at it, people in the South are talking too much, and people up North are acting too much.”
The politician, however, warned that the country may be forced to split if the current trend of some parts of the country being allegedly favoured over the other continues.
“In Yorubaland, we talk too much. The North is also preparing to leave and they are working at it. Do you think it is a mistake that they are constructing a railway to the Niger Republic when we have not built a railway from Ibadan to Kano, not even Abuja, and they said it is the first place we are going to spend our money?
“Can’t the refinery in Kaduna be repaired? Why are they saying they would build another refinery in Daura (Katsina State)? And they would be bringing crude oil from the Niger Republic to the place. Don’t let us deceive ourselves, maybe a time will come when all of us will sit down together and separate peacefully,” he said.