The Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Ali Ndume have described as ignorant, those saying he hates Yoruba.
He has also stated that his two daughters are actually married to Yoruba men and that this would not have been so had their criticism been through.
The senator was reacting to criticism that have trailed his own attack on the Presidency for relocation of some departments of the Central Bank of Nigeria Abuja to Lagos State.
“Since my intervention, people have been using a particular newspaper to attack me and saying that I hate the Yorubas. They’re ignorant and they don’t know what they’re saying.
“My two daughters are married to Yoruba men, one from Lagos State and the other from Kwara State. And I have 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.
“They’ve also been questioning the fact that my daughter works at the CBN. They should check her records. She’s a Nigerian and she’s qualified to work anywhere, including the CBN.
“I’ve been the one pleading with her to remain there. She’s almost done with her PhD and she wants to go to the classroom as a lecturer. She’s a brilliant lady.
He said he also questioned the relocation of the relocation of the headquarters of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria to Abuja based on the reality.
The senator had made his opinion on those issues known while on television saying it would have negative consequences on President Bola Tinubu’s future political ambition.
“I stand by what I’ve said about the relocation of FAAN and some departments of the CBN to Lagos State. If it is about decongestion, Lagos is not the right place. There are CBN offices in all the states of the federation. Why move the departments to Lagos that is already populated?
Senator Ali Ndume hails from Borno State.
Senator Ali Ndume was elected to represent Chibok/Damboa/Gwoza Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives in 2003, on the platform of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP).
Upon the inauguration of the 6th Assembly in 2007, he was unanimously elected as the Minority Leader and served creditably.
In December 2010, Ndume decamped to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), citing the injustices going on in the party as his reason for leaving the ANPP.
He said the people from the grassroots of Southern Borno were solidly behind him.