In a recent interview on Channel TV, Senator Ali Ndume issued a stern warning to President Ahmed Bola Tinubu regarding the proposed relocation of certain departments of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) headquarters to Lagos.
The senator, representing Borno South, expressed strong disapproval of the decision, emphasizing the significance of maintaining Abuja as the nation’s sole federal capital.
Ndume asserted, “We only have one federal capital, and that is Abuja. All these Lagos boys thinking that Lagos is Nigeria are just misinforming or advising the president wrongly.”
He continued to criticize those advocating for the relocation, stating, “Some of them think that they know better than everybody. But they don’t know anything. When you don’t know Nigeria, you only know Lagos, then you start doing things as if Nigeria is Lagos. Lagos is in Nigeria. That’s a wrong decision.”
Senator Ndume’s warning did not stop at expressing disapproval; he went further to predict potential political consequences if the move proceeds. “We will not accept it. Besides, you know, they are not doing any favor to Mr. President, because this will have political consequences. Yes. I’m telling you this,” he declared, hinting at possible fallout within the political landscape.
The concern over political consequences suggests that the move could influence alliances, perceptions, and support for President Tinubu.
As the debate unfolds, it remains to be seen how President Tinubu and other stakeholders will respond to Senator Ndume’s warning. The implications of relocating crucial government departments to Lagos will likely be weighed against the potential political fallout predicted by the senator.