The National leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Sunday rejected the idea of secession canvassed by some separatist agitators, saying that was a wrong approach to solving Nigeria’s problems.
The former Lagos governor said this at the State House, Marina during the special Ramadan prayer attended by Chief Bisi Akande, members of Lagos Governor’s Advisory Council, State cabinet members, Oba of Lagos, Alayeluwa Rilwan Akiolu, and members of the business community, led by Alhaji Aliko Dangote, among others.
He cautioned those calling for dismemberment of the Nigerian State, warning them not to plunge Nigeria into needless wars as evidenced by happenings in Sudan and Iraq.
He said, “For those clamouring for war, God will not allow Nigeria to experience war. If we say Nigeria should separate, people should remember what war caused in Sudan and Iraq. Such war does not end on 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 prayers is for prosperity and more wealth for the country.”
Tinubu expressed optimism that the nation would survive its problems.
He flayed the spate of kidnapping, saying the criminals were using crime to embarrass Islam, a religion that abhors killing and abduction of people against their will.
In his lecture, Chief Missioner of Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Sheikh Abdul-Rahman Ahmad said the nation was in a trying period, adding that the magnitude of the challenges required sincere actions by leaders and citizens to salvage the country from crisis.
Popular Islamic preacher, Sheikh Muyideen Bello, said the nation would only survive its current tribulations if political leaders and citizens collectively seek repentance for their misdeeds, injustice and failed promises.