Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State has approved the suspension of three principals for allowing a group of secessionists to preach to students in the state.
In a statement on Wednesday, Commissioner for Education, Folorunsho Bamisayemi, said the three principals were suspended for dereliction of duty.
He also distanced the state government from the group which he said has been going around Osun schools to preach the secession of Yoruba from Nigeria to students.
Bamisayemi described the group as an ”unscrupulous element”, saying they have been going around to contaminate the minds of young children who are naïve.
He warned the group to stay away from Osun state, adding that the students will continue to represent unity at all times.
The statement reads: “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.”