- A coalition of northern groups has alleged that former Lagos state governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu was continuously working against Nigeria's unity for his own interests
- CNG raised questions on instances of such alleged anti-unity moves by Tinubu for him to answer
- The group claimed that Tinubu worked seriously against the Igbos, blocking their appointments in Buhari's government among other things
- It also accused Tinubu of allegedly insisting on ex-Lagos governor Akinwunmi Ambode's removal from office despite pleas from President Buhari
The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has accused national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Ahmed Tinubu of political double-speak on matters concerning the unity of Nigeria.
Vanguard reports that the group which was reacting to an article by Tinubu on Monday, August 11, 2019 with the title “Let’s work for growth, not separation”, said the actions of the former Lagos state governor differed from his utterances.
The CNG accused Tinubu of serially working against the appointment of Igbo politicians into strategic positions despite backing from the north.
A statement by CNG spokesman, Abdulazeez Suleiman, said: “The comments by Tinubu only succeeded in further exposing his hypocrisy and obsession with double standards with regard to his role in causing the present high political polarization in Nigeria and the deterioration of trust in the current administration.”
It added:“While we do not envy the Asiwaju his privilege to believe he can push his ambition for the presidency at all cost, we nevertheless find it ridiculous that he still thinks he can can get away with this latest rap on national growth after having stood against it for quite long."
“Tinubu’s concern for national growth was certainly missing at the inception of this administration when he vehemently stood against the formation of an inclusive government against the advice of the leadership of the Northern Elders Forum for Buhari to appoint an Igbo as Secretary to the federal government."
The group also accused Tinubu of blocking ex-Lagos governor Akinwunmi Ambode's re-election despite pleas from the presidency.
The group demanded that Tinubu should "explain his democratic claims and desire for growth in relation to his unilateral insistence on denying a sitting Governor Ambode of Lagos state the right to seek reelection in 2019.
"This he did despite personal efforts by President Buhari to show him that Ambode was a performing, hardworking governor. The President even sent a committee of seven governors picked across states to persuade Tinubu but he stood his ground merely for his personal interest."
The group also claimed that Tinubu waged war against ex-Senate president Bukola Saraki and former Rivers state governor Rotimi Amaechi for standing against him being fielded as President Muhammadu Buhari's vice presidential candidate in the 2015 general elections.
“Lastly we task Tinubu to justify his claim to nationalism and growth against the four-year protracted war he waged against Bukola Saraki and Amaechi simply because they opposed the emergence of a Muslim-Muslim ticket in the buildup to the 2015 elections."
“In conclusion, we categorically state that unless and until Tinubu is able to satisfactorily provide answers to these questions, no Nigerian, certainly no northerner would take his call for focus on national growth seriously.
"We finally call Tinubu’s attention to the new reality that though he might have succeeded in fooling some Nigerians sometimes in the past, he should not expect that he can fool anybody anymore," CNG concluded.
Recall that Legit.ng had reported that Tinubu called on all Nigerians to work together towards Nigeria's unity and development.
Speaking with journalists in Obalende area of Lagos on Sunday, August 11, Tinubu urged citizens to desist from engaging in activities that could disintegrate the country.
Stating that the visions of Nigeria's founding fathers must be sustained, the APC leader said Nigerians must resolve to abide by the first stanza of the National anthem.
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