Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa says there is nothing wrong in seeking the split of a nation.
The lawmaker, on Tuesday, warned against military deployment to suppress agitations for secession.
Obasa stressed that force will not yield the desired result since it is part of democracy for citizens to speak out about leadership. He said although 22 years of unbroken civil rule in Nigeria is worth celebrating, there are issues causing tension in the country.
The Speaker spoke during the debate on a motion on Nigeria’s democracy raised by Hon. Setonji David.
The Assembly members advised the Federal Government to engage agitators across in dialogue.
“Those that elected have the right to protest when they think things are not working. The right to protest should not be taken away from them.
“There is no crime in seeking for separate nations within an existing nation. Those representing the people through the ideology of social contract must listen,” Obasa added.
On the ban on open grazing by herdsmen, he charged governors of southern states to stand their ground.
“Having stated their position, they should not go to sleep. They should follow it through. We will continue to call for state police and devolution of power,” he said.
Obasa hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for signing an executive order granting autonomy to the state legislature and judiciary and for honoring the late MKO Abiola with the declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day.
The House observed a minute’s silence in honor of Abiola, winner of the 1993 presidential election, and all those who lost their lives in the course of the struggle.