From Olanrewaju Lawal Birnin Kebbi
The Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Muhammadu Ilyasu Bashar has said that the unity of Nigeria is sacrosanct and non negotiable.
Bashar stated this at his Palace in Birnin Kebbi on Wednesday when the APC Vice Presidential candidate, Senator Kashim Shetima paid him a courtesy call.
According to the Chairman of the Kebbi State Council of Chiefs, Nigeria belongs to all Nigerians.
Bashar said:” Nigeria belongs to all of us, although we have our differences in terms of culture, religion and ethnicity.
“Our diversity is our comparative advantage to collectively work towards making Nigeria a greater nation.We must also collectively work for sustainable peace, unity and socio-economic prosperity.”
Bashar described the visit as a home coming, saying that Shetima is a very humble and loyal son.
The traditional ruler added that, already, Kebbi and Borno States have mutually beneficial relationships.
“We are happy with your emergence as a vice presidential candidate and we will fervently pray for your success,” Bashar said.
Earlier, Senator Kashim Shetima, the APC Vice Presidential candidate, described Bashar as very humble, generous, pious and a patient Father.
He said :”This visit is also a home coming and I have so much respect for my Father. I am here to seek for his royal blessings and fatherly prayers.”
He described the monarch as the most kind and compassionate leader , humble and accommodating .
Shatima also prayed for peace and unity of Nigeria.
The APC Vice Presidential candidate, Senator Kashim Shetima was in company of his host, Kebbi State Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, the State Deputy Governor, Rtd Col Samaila Yombe Dabai,SSG, Babale Umar Yauri, mni and Commissioners.