The national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has revealed that he chose Kano State as the venue for his 12th colloquium and 69th birthday to prove to Nigerians that the Yoruba and Fulani people are one.
Tinubu, a former Governor of Lagos State who is rumored to be nursing a Presidential ambition, also made an indirect reference to the marriage of the daughter of Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje; to the son of the late ex-Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, which took place in Kano in 2018 as something he finds quite significant.
According to him, it showed the unity between people of different ethnic groups.
To that effect, Tinubu faulted secessionists groups’ agitations and those seeking to dismember Nigeria.
The APC leader said, ‘Why are we in Kano? It is to demonstrate to Nigerians at this critical time. It is because there is a Fulani man, a herder man who gave his daughter to a farmer, Yoruba man. And that Fulani, that Yoruba (sic), and some people are agitating wrongly.
‘If we can encourage support to go and spend a couple of days with my brother an in-law in Kano and demonstrate that he has not quarreled with me, he has not seceded from Nigeria, I didn’t need a passport or visa to get to Kano, maybe others will have peace of conscience, live in peace and harmony and be loving to one another. That is what Ganduje and I are showing to Nigerians and that is the purpose of this colloquium end of story.’
Speaking further, Tinubu said; ‘All of you here should thank Ganduje for what we have been able to show Nigerians together. That a Fulani man and a Yoruba man can show the entire nation that in harmony, we can show Nigerians that perseverance creates understanding. It is a common blood that flows through our veins.’
AFRICA TODAY NEWS, NEW YORK