Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Sunday in Kano has said Lagos and Kano states have critical roles to play in championing Nigerian peace and unity due to the cosmopolitan nature of both states.
Tinubu, who spoke at the Kano Emirate Council when he paid a visit to the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Bayero, said Nigeria needed unity and peace as the basic tonic to overcome ongoing challenges.
He said, “Nigeria is at a critical stage of its life and the only thing that would make it survive is unity and understanding. Lagos and Kano, which have gone through these over times, must show the way.
“Peace and development could be eluded if the nation continues the way it is going. Fundamentally, unity and tranquillity must be the hope that we can ride on.
“One could see that today, I, Bola Tinubu, is sitting side by side with Governor (Abdullahi) Ganduje and this is a clear testimony that people, regardless of their tribe and religion, could come together and make a change.
“Use us as a symbol and make a different that Lagos and Kano have been making together all these while.”
In his remarks, Emir Aminu Ado-Bayero, commended Tinubu for choosing Kano to celebrate his 65th birthday, saying such was a testimony to unity and love he had for Nigeria.
He said traditional leaders were ready to give all the necessary support Nigeria required for unity and understanding among tribes and religions.
Earlier, Ganduje told the Emir that Tinubu was in Kano to foster national cohesion and to attend the 12th colloquium organised for his birthday.
Meanwhile, Tinubu on Sunday inaugurated the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission restructured office.
In a press statement by Ganduje’s Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, Tinubu was quoted to have said Nigeria must become a member of a committed international community free from the burden of corruption, adding that the edifice and similar others could play an important role in the direction.
“From the side of our country, we will not allow corruption in any form,” he added.