President Buhari participates virtually in the 12th Bola Tinubu colloquium organised in Kano to mark the 69th birthday of the former Governor of Lagos State.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday canvassed the need for Nigeria to remain as one indivisible entity despite the diversity of ethnicity, culture, language and religion of the citizenry.
The president, who participated virtually in the colloquium organised in Kano to mark the 69th birthday of former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, also described the celebrant as a consistent advocate of unity and cohesion in the country.
He said: “Despite occasional inter-ethnic tensions in our national history, it seems to me that we have all agreed on one point that, notwithstanding our diversity of ethnicity, culture, language and religion, Nigerians are better together; even stronger together.”
According to President Muhammadu Buhari, his experience of working in all parts of the country showed possibilities of a strong, united nation.
“I can also relate personally to the ideals of one Nigeria. As a military officer, I have served with great comrades from all the nooks and crannies of our country. I have seen over and over again that their goodness or failings did not depend on ethnicity or religion. In the course of my career, I have also been opportune to serve in all parts of Nigeria, seeing first-hand the enticing possibilities of a strong, united nation,” he said.
He also shared his experience while serving as a young Army officer during the Nigerian Civil War from 1967 to 1970.
“More importantly, I fought for the unity of Nigeria during the civil war of 1967 to 1970, and I saw first-hand the unspeakable horrors of war, not just on fellow soldiers on both sides, but on the civilians: innocent children, women and elderly citizens that they left behind. As we all know, the peace-building, recovery and reconstruction that followed could also not have succeeded under an atmosphere of inter-ethnic animosity.
“We must count our blessings in Nigeria and see in them the crucial factors of peace and unity.”
The president stressed that being consistent has been synonymous with Asiwaju Tinubu since he ventured into the nation’s politics during the aborted Third Republic.
President Buhari noted that the objectives of the 12th edition of the annual colloquium, which seeks to provide answers to national issues, further reflect the personal principles of Tinubu in promoting the unity and welfare of the country.
He noted that the colloquium is a fitting reflection of the service that Tinubu has given, not only to Lagos State but to Nigeria and Africa; as well as his continuing commitment and influence, as one of the great pillars of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
President Buhari also gave kudos to all those who have kept the colloquium culture alive and thriving, making it a rich source of wisdom in the common quest for a better world and, of course, a greater Nigeria.
“Today’s event promises an even more relevant and impactful discussion than ever before. The theme for this 12th edition, ‘Our Common Bond, Our Common Wealth: The Imperative of National Cohesion for Growth and Prosperity, speaks to a very contemporary but potentially ruinous trend, which, in my view, we must all join hands to check at once,’’ Buhari stated.