Senator Ali Ndume, the Chief Whip of the Senate, has refuted accusations of animosity towards the Yoruba community amid his opposition to moving certain departments of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Federal Airport Authority (FAAN) from Abuja to Lagos State.
Ndume, in a report by Daily Post, highlighted his personal connections to the Yoruba culture, citing that two of his daughters have married men from the Southwest, with five grandchildren from these unions. He emphasized that such close familial ties disprove any notions of disdain towards the Yoruba people.
Expressing his frustration over being targeted by media attacks, Ndume affirmed his commitment to addressing governmental shortcomings, undeterred by attempts at coercion. He urged detractors to focus on constructive dialogue rather than resorting to character defamation.
In a statement, Ndume reiterated his allegiance to national unity, emphasizing his daughters’ rights as Nigerians to pursue career opportunities anywhere, including within institutions like the CBN. He urged authorities to prioritize addressing pressing economic concerns such as inflation and exchange rate stability.
A statement by Ndume reads partly: “My two daughters are married to Yoruba men, one from Lagos State and the other from Kwara State. And I’ve five grandchildren who are Yoruba. How can I hate them and allow my daughters to marry them? Those saying I hate the Yorubas, how many of their sons and daughters are married to Hausas or Northerners? I’m a true Nigerian.”