Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, says President Muhammadu Buhari is to be blamed for the ultimatum by Northern youths to Igbos.
He said his previous utterances gave the youths courage to speak out without fear.
Fayose recalled that Buhari allegedly said his government might not favour any section of the country that voted against him during the 2015 presidential poll.
“How can a President that was just sworn-in after a tension-soaked election be saying that any section that didn’t vote for him won’t benefit from his appointments?”, Fayose asked in Ado Ekiti during a meeting with members of the Conference of Ekiti State Private Sectors and non-indigenes.
“By implication, such President was openly giving room for sectionalism and that was exactly what President Buhari did after the election. We could all confirm that Nigeria has never been this divided in history.
“Every Nigerian knew that the people of the southeast didn’t vote for him, so that automatically gave that Northern groups to have the effrontery to order Igbos out of their region. When a leader speaks like that, something like this is bound to happen.
“We can’t deny the fact that the problem has gone so deep in dividing us. But it is not beyond solution. The leaders from Southeast and the North should sit down and iron out their differences in the interest of everybody”, he said.
Fayose commended Acting President Yemi Osinbajo for meeting with leaders from the two feuding regions, saying this would help in stemming the tide of war drum.