Vice president Yemi Osinbajo has said Nigeria is better as an indivisible national entity than being balkanised along ethnic lines.
Osinbajo reminded Nigerians that should break they might need visas to travel to places like Kano.
Osinbajo said this while delivering his speech virtually at the 12th Bola Tinubu colloquium held in commemoration of Tinubu’s 69th birthday in Kano.
The Vice-President, who is the special guest of honour, said the initial plan was to hold a completely virtual event but Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State offered to host a physical event which would run alongside the virtual one on Zoom.
“For the purveyors of breaking up into small components, into small countries, perhaps they should be reminded that we would not have been able to accept Governor Ganduje’s offer to come to Kano at a short notice since we would all have needed visas to come to Kano,” Osinbajo said.
He added that Kano was a strategic location because it was the home of radical and progressive ideals.
By referring to Kano as the home of radical and progressives ideals, the VP may be speaking about the late Aminu Kano whose political ideals were a departure from the norm.
Aminu Kano, who lived from 1920-1983, espoused a political ideology that sought to change the fortunes of the women and the talakawas (the commoners).
Many considered his ideology weird because the Nigerian society was predominantly patriarchy when Aminu Kano was advocating the cause of women.
Aminu Kano was the first presidential candidate to make a woman his running mate when he contested on the platform of the People’s Redemption Party in 1979