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NIDO urges Nigerians to shun secessionist agenda

By Fortune Abang

One group, “Nigerians in the Diaspora (NIDO), in the Americas,” says agitations for autonomy and secession by many groups in Nigeria should be rejected and avoided.

The president of NIDO-Americas, Mr. Obed Monago, made it known in a telephone interview with the news agency of Nigeria , Tuesday in Abuja.

Monago spoke against the backdrop of Nigerians in the diaspora supporting their homeland, through a wave of flags, t-shirts and banners in New York City, as the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) begins .

He said: “The display is true and it is the right thing for any patriotic Nigerian to be involved.

“Nigeria must remain an indivisible nation; The agenda of secessionists, separatists and agitations for the autonomy of many groups should be rejected and avoided, these are not the solutions to our current situation.

“If one may ask, how much can we separate ourselves from in order to be comfortable and content? Take for example my ethnicity, the Ibos; The Ibos have many ethnic dialects.

“So if an Ibo nation actualizes itself in turmoil, who are we to say for sure that this will be the end and that the Ibos will be content and pacified?”

“I would say no, it wouldn’t, because I foresee a situation where one dialectical ethnic group will feel marginalized, subjugated and dominated by another dialectical ethnic group within the Ibos.

“What will follow then would be for this group, which feels marginalized, to forge a name and use it to agitate more for autonomy.

“It’s going to be endless, until it gets to a macro level, where the turmoil will be between cities.”

Some Nigerians living abroad stormed the streets of New York on Monday in support of their homeland.

One group, “One Nigeria Group”, has been reported on social media platforms for showing its support for President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigeria’s continued existence as one and indivisible country.

Images shared on social media platforms highlighted the successes of the various flagship programs undertaken by the administration led by Buhari since 2015.

Participants waved the Nigerian national flag, sported t-shirts and carried banners announcing progress, while reaffirming their commitment to a peaceful Nigeria.

reports that NIDO is designed to harness and galvanize the professional and financial resources of Nigerians abroad, in order to promote the socio-economic development of Nigeria. (www.news..ng)

Source: NAN

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