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Nigeria: Ooni wades into separation talks, makes statement

Enitan Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife, says he is all for dialogue as it concerns the clamour for Nigeria to split by some persons and groups.

Ooni said this in an interview published on BBC News Yoruba on Monday.

“We will not condemn those saying Nigeria should split. Just as I often tell the government, they need to sit them down.

“I am on the throne of our fathers. And I believe what is best for us is for the black race to be united. When fairness is lacking, some groups will be fuming. And when the groups are groaning, it causes fracture,” Ooni said.

Ooni during the interview

He continued: “If people say we should go to war, at the end of the day, we will still come to the roundtable; if we don’t go to war too, we will sit on the roundtable as well. So why don’t get engage in dialogue once and for all.

“I want peaceful talk: that is my position. And I believe it is time. It is essential, for the progress of our country, Nigeria.

“If the clamour keeps increasing, and we don’t address it, that is dangerous.”

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