Three public secondary school principals in Osun have been suspended for allowing group canvassing for secession of Yoruba from Nigeria to preach to students in their care.
A pro-Ooduwa group had gone to three schools in Iresi, a town in the Boluwaduro Local Government Area of the state to address the students on the need to join the growing agitation for a Yoruba nation.
The moment was captured on video which went viral.
On Wednesday, Osun State Government handed down suspension to the affected school principals for granting the secessionist group permission to preach in their schools.
The Commissioner for Education, Folorunsho Bamisayemi, in a statement he released distanced the state government from the event, adding that the principals have paid for the act by way of suspension.
“A viral video showed the group talking to the students about the plan of the Yoruba nation to secede from Nigeria.
“The administration of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola was not aware and never gave consent to the group to speak with public school students in the State.
“The administration of Governor Oyetola frowns at any move to disunite the country, the State had never at any point in time associated with any group on what he described as a move that is capable of hindering the unity of the country.
“Nigeria is one entity and will continue to remain so. The State Government of Osun never gave consent to any group to speak with students of public schools on a matter we know can cause disunity and chaos in the country.
“As a Nigerian state, we believe in the Nigerian dream. We urge every Nigerian to pray and work for Nigeria not to break up. As for those principals that allowed such a group into the premises of our schools, they will face the consequences of their actions,” he said.