Tambuwal: Nigeria belongs to all of us

Tambuwal: Nigeria belongs to all of us

Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has stated that Nigeria belongs to all Nigerians as no region, ethnic or religious group will claim supreme in the nation’s leadership positions.

This is contained in a statement signed by Tambuwal’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Malam Muhammad Bello, and issued to newsmen on Saturday, October 16, in Sokoto.

The statement said the governor made the disclosure when he received the National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Ayokunle Olasupo, who paid him a courtesy visit in Sokoto.

Tambuwal described the leadership of the country as mutually complementary; as Nigeria belonged to every citizen, and no one would send anyone out of the country; hence the need to remain together for the betterment of the country.

The Governor also affirmed that no one, group of people, no matter their religious affiliation or tribe could arrogate the leadership of Nigeria to themselves; to the exclusion of other people of the country.

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He also maintained that the kind of leadership the country needed was one that would understand the issues of diversities; and is inclusive in his approach to governance; without tribal or religious sentiments.

According to the governor, Islam and Christianity have been coexisting; even before the union of the country came into existence.

Tambuwal also added “those who know history said Christianity and Islam belong to the same root”; stressing that “Jerusalem and Damascus were examples of places where the two religions are being practiced side by side.

”There is a need for us to continue practicing the teaching of the two religions as ordained by God.

“If we go by the real teachings of the two religions; there wouldn’t be friction or any reason to fight one another,” Tambuwal said.

He commended the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, and the CAN President for their efforts in preaching peace and unity in the country.

The governor stressed that such had indicated Sokoto state position; as home to every Nigerian irrespective of religious, tribal, or ethnic differences.

He said that in pursuance of this objective of unity, all children of residents in the state; including non-indigenes, who attend public schools were exempted from paying fees.

Tambuwal also added that in line with this education policy; in the area of health too, the State government’s Zakat and Waqaf Commission; picked medical bills of indigent Nigerians resident in the state; side by side for those of the less privileged state indigenes.

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