Say No to Tribalism!

The pictures here are courtesy of nigerianeye.com

They show Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote and his friends having good moments on his yacht, during the just concluded Sallah celebration.
Femi Otedola is in the picture. Tunde Ayeni is here too. Others here are Segun Awolowo, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, Sam Nwajoku and Donald Duke. All of them are wealthy and successful in their various endeavors. For instance, Donald Duke is a former Governor of Cross River State. He is reportedly aspiring to be Nigeria’s next President. I admire the sophisticated simplicity of their looks.
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Most importantly, I admire the fact that these pictures display detribalised friendship. Dangote is Hausa. He is a Muslim, as well, yet, he didn’t necessarily surround himself with only Hausa and Muslim friends, during Sallah. Thus, I recommend such open mindedness to all Nigerians, especially at this time when some ethnic groups are agitating to secede from Nigeria. I believe that we need unity and understanding, not segregation and discrimination.
Let us all remember these opening lines of Nigeria’s former national anthem:
”Nigeria, we hail thee,
Our own dear native land,
Though tribe and tongue may differ,
In brotherhood we stand.”
– Cornelius Ellah

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