Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State has reiterated that the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorates in 1914 was divinely arranged by God, urging Nigerians to make the union work.
“We must not be 100% adherents of the same faith. No. I know we have about two hundred and fifty tribes in this country and we are about 180 to 200 million people and by 2030 we will be the third most populous nation in the world,” he noted
He reiterated, “The 1914 amalgamation of Nigeria is not a mistake like many are insinuating.
“No it is not so. If God did not want us to live together as one people in this country He would not have allowed the union to be,” he said
The governor stated this while receiving members of Course 10 of the Immigration Command and Staff College, Sokoto led by its Commandant, Assistant Controller of Immigration David Adi on Monday.
He however, charged Nigerians to make the union work to serve as example to the rest of the world that it is possible for people of different faith, cultures and tribes cohabit in this same country as one people.
Tambuwal also urged Nigerians to emulate Singapore which has similar features with Nigeria in terms of diverse tribes but yet the nation was working.
“There is no state in Nigeria without deposit of mineral resources of commercial quantity. Singapore doesn’t have this, but the country utilises its human capital resources and today they are among the world most united, viable and stable countries economically in spite their tribal differences,” he said
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