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KANO: Peace, development will elude us without unity, says Tinubu

FORMER Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, has said Nigerians must rise above ethnicity and other primordial sentiments for unity and tranquility to reign in the country.

He said doing other otherwise would make peace elude the nation.

Tinubu spoke when he paid a courtesy visit to the Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, in his palace today.

The All Progressives Congress chieftain was led to the palace of the Emir by the Governor of the State, Abdullahi Ganduje.

He said, ““Nigeria is at critical stage of its life and the only thing that would make it survive is unity and understanding, therefore, Lagos and Kano, which have come through these over time, must show the way.”

“Peace and development would be eluded if the nation continues the way it is going, therefore unity and tranquility must be the hope that could be ridden on.

“One can see that today I, Bola Tinubu, is sitting side by side with Governor Ganduje and this is a clear testimony that people regardless of their tribes and religions could come together and make a change.”

Responding, the Emir of Kano, lauded Tinubu for choosing Kano to celebrate his 69th birthday anniversary, saying this alone is a testimony to the unity and love he has for Nigeria.

There are speculations that Tinubu will contest the 2023 presidential election, though the former lawmaker of the aborted Third Republic has not admitted it in public.

Some political analysts have attributed his peripatetic move across the country to his political ambition.

This is the second time in four months that Tinubu will visit the state.

In December 2020, he met with some scholars who threw their weight behind his “2023 presidential ambition”.

In less than a week, Tinubu has been to Kaduna and Katsina, which are among the states with largest voting populations in the country.
.Tinubu is expected to meet with the Northern Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria tomorrow.

The APC stalwart is visiting Kano despite warnings from Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) to Governor Ganduje not host his 69th birthday in the state.

Tinubu was in Kaduna yesterday where he delivered a speech as the chairman of the 2021 Sardauna Memorial Lecture that was held in honour of the former premier of the Northern region, the late Sir, Ahmadu Bello.

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