The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi on Sunday said Nigeria will not break up.
He cautioned those agitating for it break up to desist.
The monarch in a statement by his Press Secretary, Alli Ibraheem, backed the agitation for devolution of power and good governance.
Oba Akanbi described Nigeria as the powerhouse and hope of the black race, noting its division could meant failure of the black race.
He expressed concern over the unguided and misuse of social media to create false awareness.
According to him, “Nigeria is an indivisible, unbreakable, inseparable and impenetrable nation and the hope of the black race. Nigeria remains the unified force of the black race and its weaknesses must be properly and technically managed. Any attempt to break up Nigeria will unavoidably result to the separation of the black race, worldwide. No, Nigeria can never break”
“I will admonish the break up agitators to channel their energy towards productive venture such as calling for quality governance and devolution of power as done in some advanced countries. The leaders at the helms of affairs should be tasked to give dividends of democracy and quality lives to citizens. Promoting secession is like fuelling war that will consume the black race. As a responsible father to the nation, I can never be part of such move”
Oba Akanbi warned Nigerians, most especially those in diaspora, to exercise caution in contributing to discussions and not fuelling division that may cause the country many years of regret.
“The Nigerians in diaspora should exercise caution in contributing to issues on social media. Most of their comments are fuelling division and heightening the tension. You all planned to resign home. Of what moral justification is destroying what our forefathers laboured for and setting the house we planned to resign to on fire? The failure of past leaders sent you abroad,” he said.
He warned against statements that could destroy their father’s home they planned to return to.
Oluwo said no individual can break up Nigeria at this critical time, saying such agitation is inimical and capable of eroding the black continent.
He tasked secessionists to assess their mission and compare it with general interest. The Paramount Ruler dissociated himself from such agitation as it tantamount to destruction of our collective harmony.
“The government is tasked to domesticate dividends of democracy through policies that cut across all classes and social strata. The agitators should dust their Voters’ cards, take part in election and promote competent candidates. Nigeria is too delicate to beat the drum of division synonymous with war
“Nigeria will bounce back. We will survive the trying time and be an envy of great nations. We have what it takes. What we need can only be done by competent leaders. Let’s harmonize interest to demand quality governance,” he noted.