The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has called on those clamouring for secession in the country to jettison the idea as the country is better together than separated.
Tinubu spoke in his goodwill message at the Special Ramadan Tafsir Lecture held at the Lagos House, Marina, on Sunday.
According to him, the war drums some people are beating will result in the disintegration of the country like Sudan and Iraq.
He further said the country is yet to recover from the effects of the civil war, adding that Nigeria cannot afford to experience another war.
“For 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 prayer is for prosperity and more wealth for the country,” he said.
Tinubu also praised the governor of the state, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and his Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Kadiri Hamzat, for their achievements so far.
He said the state had witnessed massive developments since the administration of Sanwo-Olu came on board and expressed satisfaction with their performance.
Governor Sanwo-Olu, in his message, promised to fulfill his campaign promises and deliver dividends of democracy.
He said the state government was in the process of installing 2000 cameras across the state for security surveillance.
“We are going to install 2000 cameras in the whole state. We will stop at nothing at ensuring dividends of democracy to the people,” he said.
Governor Sanwo-Olu also assured the Islamic clerics that the proposed LASTMA buses, which his administration would unveil this month (May), would eradicate the menace of Okada riders.
On security, he said more funds would be deployed to the Security Trust Fund to empower police and other security operatives, while technology would be deployed around Lagos.
The National Missioner, Ansaru-deen Society of Nigeria, Sheikh Ahmad Raman, called on those clamouring for the country to divide to have a rethink.
He admitted that though insecurity is on the increase, but with constant prayers, change of thoughts and characters by Nigerians, the country would come out of it.
“Today, the times are hard, these are uncertain times. This is the time men are supposed to be separated from boys. This is the time that regions need to think out of the box.
“We are insecure, we are unsure, there is hunger, there is 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,” he said.
He added: “This is the time action is required backed by deep thoughts for today and our tomorrow. We have often blamed leaders bit 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 rethink. Ask yourself; where will this clamour for the so-called independence lead us? We should rei nvent this country. Nigeria will be great.”
Sheikh Muyideen Ajani Bello (Oniwasi Agbaye) called for more prayers, saying what Nigeria is facing is a result of sins in the country.
He called for unity among Yoruba leaders to support the aspirations of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to become the President of the country.