President Tinubu Asserts Nigeria’s Unity Non-Negotiable 

By Temitope Mustapha, Abuja 


President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has reaffirmed that the unity of Nigeria remains non-negotiable. 

President Tinubu gave the assertion on Wednesday night at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja, during the 25th Democracy Day Anniversary Dinner, an event that showcased heroes who participated in the democracy struggle of Nigeria from the military era. 

The President, who acknowledged the complexity and diversity of Nigeria emphasised that the best road to success in any country remains democratic governance.

The Nigerian Leader said for the country to fully benefit from the initiatives introduced by his administration in taming food prices, activities of bandits hindering farmers from high productivity must end.

The President restated that Nigeria possesses the capacity to feed its citizens adding that the nation is a tremendously successful country if all citizens unite to pass on the charter of Nigeria’s value system. 

President Tinubu called for deliberate investment in national orientation stressing the importance of rebuilding the nation through inculcating existing goals in the Nigerian society.

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He acknowledged that more work needs to be done to reposition the country and re-orientate the citizens.

Citizenship is not just the dictionary meaning of it, is the actual character in us teach these to achieve it.” 

 Obeisance To Nigeria’s Democracy 

President Tinubu clarified the circumstances surrounding an incident earlier on Wednesday at Eagle Square, where he tripped while making his way into the parade inspection vehicle.

He described the incident as a move of obeisance to democracy, saying it was a day worth falling for.

According to President Tinubu, he was honoring Nigeria’s democracy when he had his dobale, (Yoruba word for prostrating to greet elders) at the Eagles Square, saying Democracy was worth falling for.

“June 12 represents the heart and soul of our democratic struggle in the country.

“Early this morning, I had a swagger and it’s on social media. They were confused whether I was doing buga (a word for show off in the Yoruba language) or doing babaringa, (regal attire characterized by its flowing robes and embroidery) but it is a day to celebrate democracy while doing ‘dobalee’ for today.

“I am a traditional Yoruba boy, I did my dobale. Democracy is a day that is worthy of falling for”.

“My sincere gratitude to all of you standing by me, I promise you I won’t fall,” the Nigerian Leader added.

Adding colour to the evening, five pro-democracy icons, including Professor Bolaji Akinyemi, Chief Segun Osoba, Senator Shehu Sani, Minister of Solid Minerals, Mr. Dele Alake, took the stage to recall President Tinubu’s role in the struggle that birthed Nigeria’s unbroken and uninterrupted 25 years of democracy being celebrated.

Among the guests at the event were Senate President Godswill Akpabio; Deputy President of the Senate, Jibrin Barau; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas; Deputy Speaker Benjamin Kalu; Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Olukayode Ariwoola; and the SGF, George Akume.

Also on ground were the National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu; Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila; the Wife of the Vice President, Nana Shettima; Babagana Kingibe; Prof Bolaji Akinyemi, Chief Pius Akinyelure; Chief Bisi Akande; Aremo Segun Osoba; Senator Abu Ibrahim.  

Some of the governors in attendance were Hope Uzodinma (Imo); Umo Eno (Akwa Ibom); Lucky Aiyedatiwa (Ondo); Usman Ododo (Kogi); Sheriff Oborevwori (Delta); Uba Sani (Kaduna); Caleb Mutfwang (Plateau); and Siminalayi Fubara (Rivers). 

Ministers included those of Justice/Attorney-General, Lateef Fagbemi; Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Wale Edun; Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris; Power, Bayo Adelabu; Budget and National Planning Atiku Bagudu; Agriculture and Rural Development, Abubakar Kyari.

Others were George Mba; Olisa Agbakoba; Tony Elumelu; traditional rulers and members of the diplomatic corps. 

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