UK, France debunk support for breakup of Nigeria

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Senate President, Olusola Saraki with , British High Commissioner, Paul Thomas Arkwright

In a word, no, we don’t have anything to do with anyone agitating for break-up of Nigeria. We’re strongly in support of the unity of Nigeria and the Federal Government of Nigeria

British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Thomas Arkwright

THE United Kingdom and France have thrown their weight behind a united Nigeria while dismissing insinuations that they might be supporting any agitation for the breakup of Nigeria.

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Thomas Arkwright, on Friday said that the British Government was not supporting those calling for the secession in Nigeria.

The UK said it would always support Nigeria’s unity and ensure the progress of the country as usual.

Speaking in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital when he visited the state House of Assembly and met with the Speaker, Dr. Ali Ahmed and other principal officers of the house, Arkwright said, “In a word, no, we don’t have anything to do with anyone agitating for break-up of Nigeria.

“We’re strongly in support of the unity of Nigeria and the Federal Government of Nigeria. And that’s what the British government has consistently supported and we don’t have interest or support any one agitating for the break- up of Nigeria.

“For anyone to say the British Government is involved in any way in the break-up of Nigeria is completely wrong.”

He described Nigeria’s democratic situation as delicate, but commended efforts at upholding democratic tenets and keeping the flame of democracy alive.

France’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer

Meanwhile France, an ally of defunct Biafra in 1967, had similarly denounced any further step to actualise the secession of South East from Nigeria.

France’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer, said his country would not in any way work with any group agitating for the dismemberment of Nigeria.

The country said that such a move had been overtaken by events and no longer in support of break-up of any part of Nigeria.

He said France was working with Nigeria and supporting it as a country.

He spoke against the backdrop of France’s previous support for Biafra during Nigeria’s civil war.

Gauer pointed out that Nigeria has evolved since the civil war.

France has been cooperating with the country to overcome its challenges, especially the fight against insurgency. (NAN)

 

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