Nigeria Will Not Separate, It’s Not Acceptable To Us – Tinubu
Speaking at Special Ramadan Prayer Tafsir (Lecture) for Lagos State and Nigeria, held at the Lagos House, Marina on Sunday, Tinubu said the country is better together than separated.
President Buhari came into power in 2015 on three cardinal promises – tackling security, fixing the economy and addressing power.
However, six years after defeating Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and ending its 16-year rule on Nigeria, insecurity seems to have worsened under current APC government.
However, Tinubu feels strongly that things will get better in the long run, saying;
We know when it started but we don’t want to give excuses. This government will perform, Nigerians will feel safe and be happy.
He said the war drums some people were beating would result in the disintegration of the country like Sudan and Iraq.
According to him, Nigeria is yet to recover from the effect of the civil war, hence, cannot afford to experience another war.
For clamouring for war, God will not allow Nigeria to experience war. If we say Nigeria should seperate, 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 seperate, it’s not acceptable to us. Our prayers is for prosperity and more wealth for the country.
There is the twist and tone in democracy. We just have to build, tolerate each other and express love and harmony.
The APC stalwart said the Commander-in-Chief, Buhari would not want Nigerians to be slaughtered, kidnapped, or killed.
While noting that the security issue has its own perspective, Tinubu warned against those politicising insecurity.
He explained that although APC knows when the security challenges started, it will however not give excuses.
Nigeria has been experiencing a series of security threats ranging from terrorism, banditry, militancy, cultism among others in several parts of the country.
The country has been battling terrorism for more than a decade which has killed 36,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands in the northeast.
Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) split from jihadist group, Boko Haram in 2016 and has since become a dominant threat in Nigeria, attacking troops and bases while killing and kidnapping passengers at bogus checkpoints.
On March 1, jihadist fighters burnt down a United Nations humanitarian compound in the town of Dikwa after dislodging troops, killing six civilians.
Nigeria’s jihadist violence has spread to neighbouring Chad, Cameroon and Niger, prompting a regional military coalition to fight the insurgents.