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My two daughters are married to Yoruba guys; how can I despise them while allowing my daughters to marry them-Ndume

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Senator Ali Ndume, the Senate’s Chief Whip, denied allegations of hostility towards the Yoruba community despite his objections to relocating specific departments of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Federal Airport Authority (FAAN) from Abuja to Lagos State.

Ndume, as reported by Daily Post, underscored his strong familial links to the Yoruba culture. He mentioned that two of his daughters have married individuals from the Southwest, resulting in five grandchildren. This, he emphasized, counters any suggestions of animosity towards the Yoruba people.

Ndume voiced his frustration about being singled out for media criticism but reaffirmed his dedication to tackling government failures, undaunted by coercion attempts. He encouraged critics to engage in constructive conversations rather than resorting to character assassination.

Ndume restated his commitment to the unity of the nation, highlighting the right of his daughters as Nigerian citizens to seek career opportunities anywhere, even within organizations like the CBN. He called on authorities to prioritize tackling urgent economic issues like inflation and maintaining stable exchange rates.

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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.”

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