The Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has asked secessionist groups in the country to learn from the history of South Sudan which broke into war within two years after achieving self-determination.
He stated this on Tuesday as the Guest Lecturer at the combined 9/10th anniversary of Zik Lecture Series held at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State.
He admonished Nigerians to bury their differences in order to achieve a greater and fulfilled country.
He said a well-structured dialogue remained a major pathway to peace and progress, adding that there is nothing heroic in dying for a cause that dialogue and negotiations can help resolve.
The Ekiti Governor, who is also the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, stressed the need to develop a democratic system in Nigeria that would meet the expectations of Nigerians and restore people’s trust in the government they voted into office.
Fayemi who spoke on the theme ‘Nation-Building: Between Restructuring and Autonomy’ said Nigerians must learn to manage their differences and do so in order to achieve the goal of a better and more perfect union.
He said, “The indestructibility of Nigeria as envisaged by Zik is indeed best assured when the majority of Nigerians are emotionally connected to Nigeria because of what Nigeria is able to do for them and in the quality of life it provides for its citizens.”