Alhaji Buba Galadima, a former spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Council on Saturday said no northern states in Nigeria can lay claim of being a core Northern state in Nigeria except Kwara and Sokoto.
According to him, the people of Kwara are descendants of Abdullahi Dan Fodio, the Emir of Gwandu who was also the brother of Sheikh Usman Dan Fodio.
Speaking in a chat with Daily Independent, Galadima said Kwara state is a more Northern state than the likes of Katsina, Borno, Bauchi, Kaduna and others.
Reacting to the criticism that has trailed the appointment of Prof. Ibrahim Agboola Gambari as the new Chief of Staff to the President, Galadima said it is erroneous for some people to claim that the position was not given to a core Northern state.
While arguing that the President can pick his Chief of Staff from any part of the country, he however said no state is more northern in Nigeria than Kwara except Sokoto.
“Which one is core North and which one is core North? That is their imagination. Kwara is more North than every Northern states except Sokoto. Kwara people are disciples of Shehu Dan Fodio, they were the direct descendants of Abdullahi Dan Fodio, Emir of Gwandu who was the junior brother to Usman Dan Fodio”
“Many people don’t understand this politics and they better learn quickly. If there is any place called North, it is Sokoto Gwandu and Kwara Ilorin”.
“Kwara is more of a northern state than Kano, Kaduna, Bauchi. Like I said Kwara people are direct descendants of Uthman Dan Fodio but that is not the issue”.
“The Chief of Staff can come from anywhere or a place. He can come from Yenagoa or Iseyin. He doesn’t have to be from a particular zone”.