Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has condemned calls for the disintegration of Nigeria.
He described it as unmindful and insensitive to the plight of the minority groups in the country.
The former President made the observation on Wednesday when he received the Tiv Professional Group (TPG) from Benue State, who paid him a courtesy visit in Abeokuta.
He recalled a discussion between him and “a military friend” who, according to him, has described major tribes in the country as selfish and not sufficiently caring for the minority groups.
Obasanjo, who aligned with his friend’s opinion, expressed worry over what would become of the minority groups if the major tribes decided to secede and begin to operate as separate countries.
“If the Yoruba can stand as a country, if the Igbos and the Hausa/Fulani can stand as separate countries, where do we want the minority groups to be?
“Now, by virtue of the present situation, they are a little bit protected, but if Nigeria breaks up, they will be oppressed and exterminated,” he said.