By Nkli Opara (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – According to Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, calls for the disintegration of Nigeria were insensitive to the plight of the minority groups in the country.
The former Head of State pointed this out while playing host to the Tiv Professional Group (TPG) from Benue State, who called on him in Abeokuta, recalling a discussion between him and “a military friend” who, according to him, described major tribes in the country as selfish and not sufficiently caring for the minority groups.
Obasanjo expressed worry over what would become the lot of the country’s minority groups if the big three ethnic groups decided to secede and begin to operate as separate countries.
“If the Yoruba can stand as a country, if the Igbos and the Hausa/Fulani can stand as separate countries, where do we want the minority groups to be?
“Now, by virtue of the present situation, they are a little bit protected, but if Nigeria breaks up, they will be oppressed and exterminated,” he said.