The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has stated that secession is not the solution to problems rocking the nation.
There has been agitation by various groups calling for the break up of Nigeria.
Agitators in the South-west are pushing for Oduduwa Republic, while those in the South-east are pushing for Biafra Republic.
Speaking on Sunday during a radio programme on Bond FM, Lai Mohammed said those advocating for secession would be the first to flee the country if a crisis breaks out.
He said the Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government is working to prevent all secession tendencies.
“Those who support separation and secession will be the first to run away when any problem starts.
“We should not listen to them as many of them have about four passports of other countries,” he said.
According to the former APC spokesperson, Nigeria’s unity is more important than all the issues threatening its continued existence.
He said ethnic clashes are not new in the country and added that “you don’t cure headache by beheading the patient”.
Mohammed said: “That we have ethnicity issues is not new. IPOB, Boko Haram and farmer-herders clashes are not new; all we must do is to look for the way forward.
“We are aware of them, the government is working. Secession is not the way out of our challenges. You don’t cure headache by beheading the patient.
“The things that unite us in Nigeria are more than what separate us.”