Nigerians never cease to amaze me. How can certain groups of people, tied to a particular region and political party, claim that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is not a Yoruba man and not a Nigerian?
This is a man who once served as a senator, governed for eight years, and worked in both the private and public sectors in Nigeria. It appears to be driven by hate, bigotry, and frustration due to their preferred candidate’s loss in the election. They have also suffered defeats in Nigerian courts and are on the brink of losing in US courts.
In a certain region, a group of people who proudly identified themselves as “Obidient” had a long history of maligning the Yorubas. The Yorubas, known for their remarkable hospitality and inclusivity, had always embraced people from diverse backgrounds, considering everyone as part of one Nigeria. Throughout time, the Yorubas had opened the doors for competition among all regions within their states, fostering an environment of fairness and unity.
However, the generosity and open-mindedness of the Yorubas had been repeatedly overlooked and disregarded by this particular region. Their resentment stemmed from the fact that the Yorubas, true to their democratic principles, had successfully presented the best candidates from their ranks to contest for the presidency, ultimately winning through a fair and transparent process.
It was imperative for this certain region to realize that their path to progress and leadership lay in dismantling the walls of bigotry and hatred within their own people. Unless they eradicated these divisive sentiments, the prospect of them ascending to power seemed distant and uncertain. Peace and progress could only flourish in an atmosphere of tolerance and acceptance, where every citizen had an equal opportunity to contribute to the growth and prosperity of the nation.