Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has criticized those who advocate for secession while asking of who will suffer most if Nigeria breaks up.
Obasanjo spoke to members of the Tiv Professionals Group (TPG) led by Prof Zacharys Anger Gundu at his Penthouse home, the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta.
According to Obasanjo, secessionists in Nigeria have ignored the fact that the country is home to numerous minority groups.
He said if the likes of Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa/Fulani ethnic groups stand alone, the minority groups may be oppressed as they would turn out to be smaller countries.
“If the Yorubas can stand as a country, if the Igbos can stand as a country, if the Hausas/Fulanis can stand as a country, if you major tribes decide to break up from the country, where do you want the minority ethnic groups to stand. That, many Nigerians don’t know about, unfortunately.
He further said people don’t actually think about smaller groups who will suffer most if Nigeria breaks up.
“If Nigeria breaks up and they are in a smaller country, they will be oppressed. They will always be exterminated. Are we thinking of that?” he asked.