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Why I chose Kano for my 12th Colloquium, by Tinubu

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Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, has disclosed his reasons for holding his 12th colloquium and 69th birthday in Kano State.

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Recall that some Nigerians have described the hosting of the 12th colloquium in the state as a ploy to curry political favour of Northerners ahead of the 2023 presidential elections.

But Mr Tinubu, while speaking during the colloquium in Kano on Monday, said he chose the state to prove to Nigerians that the Yoruba and Fulani people are united.

He said: “Why are we in Kano? It is to demonstrate to Nigerians at this critical time. It is because there is a Fulani man, a herder man who gave his daughter to a farmer, Yoruba man. And that Fulani, that Yoruba (sic), and some people are agitating wrongly.

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“If we can encourage support to go and spend a couple of days with my brother an in-law in Kano and demonstrate that he has not quarreled with me, he has not seceded from Nigeria, I didn’t need a passport or visa to get to Kano, maybe others will have peace of conscience, live in peace and harmony and be loving to one another.

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“That is what Ganduje and I are showing to Nigerians and that is the purpose of this colloquium end of story.”

The former governor further said, “All of you here should thank Ganduje for what we have been able to show Nigerians together. That a Fulani man and a Yoruba man can show the entire nation that in harmony, we can show Nigerians that perseverance creates understanding. It is a common blood that flows through our veins.”

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