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Politics of Sunday, 2 May 2021

Source: The Nation

Nigeria better together, Tinubu tells secession agitators

National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on those clamouring for secession to jettison the idea as Nigeria is better together.

Tinubu spoke on Sunday at the Special Ramadan Prayer Tafsir held at the Lagos House in Marina.

According to him, the war drums people are beating could result in disintegration of the country like Sudan and Iraq.

He said Nigeria was yet to recover from effects of the civil war and could not afford another war.

He said: “For clamouring for war, God will not allow Nigeria to experience it. If we say Nigeria should separate, people should remember what war caused in Sudan and Iraq. Such war does not end in time. We are yet to recover from the civil war.

“We are better together. I have nowhere I am going. Whoever has experienced war in the past will not pray for such. Nigeria will not separate; it’s not acceptable to us. Our prayer is for prosperity and more wealth for the country.”

The former governor praised Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat for their achievements in the state.

According to him, the state has witnessed massive developments since the Sanwo-Olu administration came on board.

Sanwo-Olu promised to fulfill his campaign promises and deliver the dividends of democracy to the people.

The Governor hinted that about 2,000 cameras would soon be installed across the state to enhance security.

He said: “We will install 2,000 cameras across the state, and ensure we keep providing the people with dividends of democracy.”

Sanwo-Olu also assured the proposed Last-Mile buses, which his administration would unveil this month, would eradicate the menace of Okada riders.

He added more funds would be deployed into the Security Trust Fund to empower the police and other security operatives while technology would be deployed around Lagos.

National Missioner of the Ansaru-deen Society of Nigeria, Sheikh Ahmad Raman, called on those clamouring for the country to divide to have a rethink.

He admitted insecurity was on the increase but with constant prayers, change of thoughts and characters by Nigerians, the country would come out of it.

He said: “Times are hard and uncertain times. This is the time men ought to be separated from boys. This is the time that regions need to think out of the box.

“We are insecure, unsure; there is hunger, anger and confusion in the land. This is the time we need divine intervention. If we gather and pray till 2023, Allah will not listen to us till we do some things.

“This is the time action is required, backed by deep thoughts for today and our tomorrow. We have often blamed leaders but we have to choose the kind of leaders we deserve. Everywhere is unsafe even the police station is not safe. We need to rejig.

“For those clamouring to divide the country, maybe you should have a rethink. Ask yourself – where will this clamour for so called independence lead us? We should reinvent this country. Nigeria will be great.”

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