Nnamdi Kanu, detained leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) and Sunday Adeyemo, Yoruba Nation agitator, are ignorant, Lamido Sanusi, a former Central Bank Governor (CBN) has opined.
Mr Sanusi made the remark on Tuesday in Lagos while launching his ‘For the Good of The Nation,’ book, a collection of essays and perspectives unveiled to mark his 60th birthday and raise funds for the girl-child education.
Messrs Kanu and Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho have been at the forefront demanding the dissolution of the country.
While Mr Kanu is calling for the actualization of the defunct Biafra Republic of the former Eastern Region comprising of present-day South-East and South-South geo-political zones, Mr Igboho is advocating for the breakaway of the South-West region which he said will now become Yoruba Nation.
The duo largely hinged their decision on the perceived injustice and the failure of the federal government to protect lives and properties across their respective regions.
Describing them as ignorant, the deposed Emir of Kano State said the agitators do not know what they are talking about.
“I hope that my story and the story of many of us here is one that we will use to continue stressing that those who say they want to break up this country do not know what they are talking about,” Mr Sanusi said. “We have to keep this country together and if we complain about it, it is because we love Nigeria and hopefully we will not just complain.
“Hopefully we will join hands together with those who are on this very difficult path to make Nigeria great.
“I honestly do not know what you are looking for seeking the country to secede,” he said, ignoring perceived marginalisation, institutionalised nepotism, and rights violations of many Nigerians.
He also said Nigerians should not look up to the government to solve all their problems.
“Nigerians have to understand that the way we have run the state is unsustainable. We cannot continue subsidising fuel. We cannot continue subsidising power. Look at other West African countries.
“It is desirable, but it is not sustainable, and we have to be ready to make certain sacrifices.
“We have already made many (sacrifices). But if we don’t make those sacrifices now to set the fiscal position of government in order so that we are not relying on excessive oil, we are placing the future of this country in jeopardy,” Sanusi added.