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Some secessionist agitators will become campaign managers for opposition parties in 2023 — Senate spokesman

SENATE spokesman, Ajibola Basiru, has said some secessionist agitators have personal ambitions and ulterior motives beyond their supposed dissatisfaction with the current political structure.

Basiru, a lawmaker representing Osun Central, stated this yesterday, when he featured on a Channels Television Programme ‘Politics Today’

There have been calls for the balkanisation of the country into smaller sovereign nations along ethnic lines.

Proponents of self-determination often cite their growing disaffection and dissatisfaction with the current political structure

But speaking on the development, the lawmaker said some of the agitators are just disgruntled for being shunted from the centre of power to the periphery.

He stressed that some of the agitators true intentions would be known in some years to come when they become campaign managers for opposition parties during the 2023 elections.

“When politicians begin to use instrumentality of agitation, violence to seek to undermine a democratic government, you come to suspect what their motive is,” he said.

“And you will be surprised, by 2022, 2023, some of these elements calling for disintegration of Nigeria will now become campaign managers of some opposition political parties.”

Basiru noted that there are democratic processes to present agitations, rather than speaking on behalf of people without the mandate to do so.

He admitted that although there are a lot of issues to be addressed on restructuring, they should not serve as the basis to seek disintegration of the country.

“There are ample structures for us to be able to articulate our position and you will remember, Nigeria is a democratic society,” he said.

“There are democratic institutions like the state assemblies, like the office of the governor, of course, house of representatives and senate.

“When you see people with respect, self-appoint themselves and abrogate and say they are speaking on behalf of the people, the question to ask is: ‘where are their democratic credentials?’”

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