Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and culture, has said professors may have to work in bakeries in Togo to survive if Nigeria disintegrates.
Mohammed, who featured on a News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) flagship interview programme on Wednesday, accused elites in the country of fanning the flame of division in the country.
He said the elites who are supposed to take the lead in ensuring the unity of the country are the ones preaching hatred.
“Our challenge is more with the elites, not with the common people. Go to the remotest part of Nigeria today, you will see Nigerians from different tribes, culture and religion living together peacefully,” he said.
“Elites ought to take the lead in cementing the unity of the country. But when the elites start preaching tribal hatred, people believe them because they think they know better.
“Nigeria accounts for 70 percent of West Africa’s population, and if Nigeria should disintegrate today, we are going to overrun Benin Republic, Togo, Niger and other neighbouring countries.
“The elites will suffer more because some professors could be working in bakeries in Togo just to survive. We saw it happen when the Liberians came here during their civil war.
“It is in their own enlightened interest that they should work to fix Nigeria. Many of them have more than one passport — American, British, Irish — and at the first crack of trouble, they are gone.”