Former Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido has stated that the All Progressives Congress, APC, and its supporters must be called to order, otherwise, Nigeria as one united country will be in a dangerous state.
Lamido stated this while responding on a claim made by the APC lawyers that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate in the just-concluded election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, is not a Nigerian.
He explained that the debate about Atiku’s nativity/nationality, which started as a hilarious joke is now threading on a very dangerous divisive path, and “we must all rise to call ourselves to order otherwise the authority we have as a nation within the African Union will be lost”.
Lamido noted that there were already too many cracks in the unity of the country, warning that “if we remain on this line of ethnic, religious and tribal differences the doom of our nation cannot be averted”.
He, therefore, advised that Nigeria needs to be restructured to restore what the country has lost as a nation.
“My heart is pounding and I am beginning now to worry about Gaddafi’s prediction of doom about our dear Country, that Nigeria will break up!
“The debate about Atiku’s nativity/nationality which started as a hilarious light-hearted joke is now threading on a very dangerous divisive path and we must all rise to call ourselves to order otherwise the authority we have as nation within the African Union will be lost.
“If we do not like the children of those whose parents chose to join Lord Luguard’s assembled tribal natives called Nigeria, let us allow the former Northern and Southern Protectorates secede to form their own country.
“We cannot on account of politics continue demeaning each other. The little weight and authority we have within the African Union will be lost. To the rest of the world, whatever respect we have is out of shear courtesy,” Lamido stated.
It would be recalled that the APC has filed a motion at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja that Atiku is not qualified to contest for the highest position in the country because he’s not a Nigerian.
The APC, in a petition filed by its lead counsel, Lateef Fagbemi, faulted the candidacy of Atiku in the election, saying that as a Cameroonian, he shouldn’t have taken part in the presidential poll in Nigeria.