The National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said that Lagos and Kano states must remain peaceful, given their large population and economic potential.
The former Governor of Lagos state stated this on Sunday when he paid a visit to Aminu Ado Bayero, Emir of Kano, as part of the activities slated to mark his (Tinubu) birthday.
This came on a day President Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan; Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege; the Progressive Governors’ Forum, PGF; Governors Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Rotimi Akeredolu of Lagos and Ondo states, respectively, and the APC, yesterday, hailed Tinubu on his 69th birthday, saying he has nurtured talents for the benefit of the country.
Tinubu said Kano and the centre of excellence, which possess common population densities and hold economic growth, must lead other parts of the country on a peaceful mission.
He said, “Nigeria is going through difficult times especially challenges of insecurity and other tough times. Yet there cannot be peace, development and industrial growth in the country in the absence of peace and stability.
“Kano being the most populous state of the Federation has enjoyed stability and peace despite the challenges in Nigeria. The Governors have promoted unity; sustained one Nigeria in the face of difference. We must commend them.”
Responding, the Emir of Kano described Tinubu as a unifying factor and personality.
The monarch said this is evident with Tinubu’s attendance of the Arewa House Lecture in Kaduna and series of the colloquium organized which he said shows how patriotic he (Tinubu) is.
The monarch said: “We are commending you for attending Arewa House Lecture in Kaduna. This shows how patriotic you are.
“In the last five, I attended a similar Colloquium in Lagos. We saw how you (Tinubu) went round places, which shows how you’ve become a unifying factor.”