BEVERLY HILLS, March 29, (THEWILL) – Former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu has said 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 were united.
Tinubu also made a veiled reference to the marriage of the daughter of Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, to the son of the late former Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, which took place in Kano in 2018.
He said all these showed the unity between people of different ethnic groups.
“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 and some people are agitating wrongly.
“If we can encourage, support, to go and spend a couple of days with my brother-in-law in Kano and demonstrate that he has not quarrelled 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.
“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,” he said.
Meanwhile, Tinubu has explained the reason his wife was not physically present at the 12th colloquium to celebrate his 69th birthday in Kano State.
He said Senator Oluremi Tinubu was attending to guests at his Bourdillon Road residence in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State.
“My wife is dealing with the crowd now in Bourdillon and she is probably not even watching (online). But without her permission, I couldn’t be here, without her collaboration, I won’t have peace to be standing here before you –very gracious woman,” he said.
Oluremi Tinubu is the Senator representing the Lagos Central Senatorial District at the National Assembly.