Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, in his statement said it is best for Elite if Nigeria remains the united Nation she is. He also stated this on Wednesday when he was featured on a NAN flagship interview programme, NAN Forum.
Elites are fanning the embers of disintegration in the country, and warned that they will be more at the receiving end if Nigeria breaks up.
The Minister said, some elites who have attained professorial status may be left with no option than to work in bakeries in neighbouring Togo, just to make ends meet.
“Elites ought to take the lead in cementing the unity of the country. But when the elites start preaching tribal hatred, people believe them because they know better.
“Nigeria accounts for 70 per cent of West Africa’s population, and if Nigeria should disintegrate today, we are going to overrun Benin Republic, Togo, Niger and other neighbouring countries.
“The elites will suffer more because some professors could be working in bakeries in Togo just to survive. We saw it happen when the Liberians came here during their civil war.
“It is in their own enlightened interest that they should work to fix Nigeria. Many of them have more than one passport — American, British, Irish — and at the first crack of trouble, they are gone.”