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Paul Thomas Arkwright

Britain Backs Nigeria’s Unity, Advises Against Secession

British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Thomas Arkwright, has said that the British government was not in support of those agitating for secession in the country.

The British Envoy, said that the UK would always support Nigeria’s unity and ensure the progress of the country.

According Arkwright who spoke in Ilorin, Kwara State, when a paid a courtesy visit to the state House of Assembly where he met with the Speaker, Dr. Ali Ahmed and other principal officers of the house, ‘‘we do not have anything to do with anyone agitating for break-up of Nigeria.

“We are 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 do not have interest or support any one agitating for the break- up of Nigeria.

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

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

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.

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.

The country has been cooperating with the country to overcome its challenges, especially the fight against insurgency.

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