The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has admonished Nigerian elites to stop fanning the embers of disintegration, saying they will bear the brunt more if the country breaks up.
Lai Mohammed gave the admonition in Abuja when he featured on the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) flagship interview programme, NANForum, on Wednesday, April 21.
The minister appeared on the platform specifically to discuss the fallouts from the Town Hall Meeting on National Security organised by the Federal Government on April 8 in Kaduna.
Lai Mohammed said one of the resolutions at the event was the need to build elite consensus on peace, unity and the indivisibility of Nigeria.
“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.
“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,’’ he said.
According to Lai Mohammed, it is in the interest of the elites to ensure that Nigeria remains as one country because they will suffer the consequences of disintegration more.
“Nigeria accounts for 70 per cent 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 happened when the Liberians came here during their civil war.
“It is in their own enlightened interest that they should work to fix Nigeria,’’ he said.