Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu has appealed to Nigerians not to turn their present challenges into ethnic, tribal and religious crisis.
The former Lagos state Governor who spoke at the eight-day Fidau prayers for the late first civilian governor of the state Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande, said another war in the country will submerge the entire West Africa and there won’t be enough space to accommodate Nigerians as refugees.
“I appeal today to all of us not to turn whatever challenges we are facing right now to ethnic, tribal and religious crisis.
“Nigeria is currently facing crises, crisis of insurgency, of banditry and all aspects of insecurity. But God Almighty who made this country one of the largest and most resourceful countries will guide and protect us.
“If there is war in Nigeria, it will submerge the entire West Africa and there won’t be enough space to accommodate us as refugees. Those who have seen the effects of war, the consequences of tribal conflict, of religious conflict will never want it for Nigeria.”
Tinubu also revealed that his journey into politics was inspired by the late Jakande. He said;
“This demise is not Pa Jakande’s loss, it’s our loss. We cannot be alive forever. There is always a day we would depart and render accounts of our deeds to Allah. Today is the 8th day and we are all assembled to pray for Alhaji Lateef Jakande.
“I’m a lucky one; this is the house where I began my political journey in life. Baba Jakande said go on, contest for Senate, we need many like you in politics. The rest is history.
“To our junior brothers and sisters, may God bless you and set you on the right path to success. Jakande has many children, not just you alone. We are many. We truly are his children.”