Calls for secession unacceptable — Lai Mohammed

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By Henry Okonkwo

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has appealed to the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations to use its network to promote unity in the country in the wake of discordant voices threatening peace and security of the country.

This call was contained in a statement posted on the ministry’s Twitter handle on Thursday after he spoke at the Annual General Meeting of NIPR in Bauchi State.

He said, “I have decided to take up the (NIPR) President on this offer, by appealing to the NIPR, to use its powerful platform to work for the unity of this country.

“That task has never been more urgent than now, against the background of discordant voices in the country and growing calls for separation.

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“I see the NIPR as a capable partner in the government’s efforts to douse the tension in the land and beat the drum of unity, rather than the drum of war.

“In fact, the Federal Government has set in motion the necessary machinery to frontally tackle the challenge of insecurity. We should therefore not allow today’s challenges, whether in the area of the economy or security, to jeopardise our unity.”

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