The British government has denied claims by some secession agitators in parts of Nigeria that the British government is backing their agitation to break Nigeria declaring that it strongly supports the unity of Nigeria.
The British Envoy in Nigeria, Paul Arkwright made the clarification while speaking with journalists when he met with the Speaker of the Kwara state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ali Ahmad, on a courtesy visit.
“In a word no. We have nothing to do with any agitations and acts to break up Nigeria. We strongly support the unity of Nigeria,” he declared.
“We strongly support the federal government and that is the position that the British Government had held consistently.
“We have absolutely no interest about agitation for the breakup of Nigeria and anybody who claims the British and the British Government is involved in any way is completely wrong.”
The British ambassador described the Nigerian democratic situation as delicate revealing that it was interested in getting more Nigerian women engaged in politics.
He however noted that percentage of women in politics was low in Nigeria, and charged the government to encourage more women in politics.
“Percentage of women in politics is low, so anything you could do to encourage women in politics and civil society, I will welcome that,” he said.