Leaders must ensure justice, equity, fairness in pursuit of Nigeria unity, says Osinbajo
Nigeria Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has called on leaders to ensuring justice, equity and fairness for all segments of society in the continuous pursuit of Nigeria’s unity.
Osinbajo, who spoke on Friday at the Convocation Lecture of the Sokoto State University, noted that; “we must not overlook any fears or allegations of marginalization or discrimination on account of religion or ethnicity.”
Emphasizing the roles that leaders must play to engender unity, the Vice President in his lecture titled “Nigeria: Some Defining Issues for the Future”, noted that “we must not overlook any fears or allegations of marginalization or discrimination on account of religion or ethnicity.
According to him; “Political, especially ethnic leaders and religious leaders must do the difficult work of educating their publics about the need to live together. It is the elites, leaders that will do the onerous job of ensuring unity in our communities.”
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“Unity is not just a slogan or even merely a good idea. It has manifest expression in our communities where Nigerians from diverse backgrounds are commingling, trading, partnering, inter-marrying and blending in various ways.
“We live in a complex web of multi-layered social, cultural, economic, and political synergies playing out in every sector of our individual and national lives.
“Despite the scale of the challenges facing us, unraveling this web of commonality as proposed by enthusiasts of disintegration is a cure that is worse than the disease.
“This is why we must understand that even though managing diversity can be politically and administratively onerous, diversity itself is an economic strength and harnessing it properly is hugely rewarding,” Osinbajo told his audience.
Osinbajo said if properly harnessed, a country’s diversity could ensure lasting prosperity for all.
“It is a matter of interest that the most prosperous economies in the world are typically diverse places. Because the true wealth of nations in the 21st century is human capital, societies that set out to attract and retain the most diverse pool of skilled human resources are ordained to prevail in the race for prosperity.
“With diversity comes a broad range of cultural, philosophical and intellectual approaches for solving problems. Innovation can only flourish in this kind of setting.
“This is why we must understand that even though managing diversity can be politically and administratively onerous, diversity itself is an economic strength, and harnessing it properly is hugely rewarding,” Osinbajo added.
The Vice President was received at the airport by Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State also paid a courtesy call on the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar.
The Sultan welcomed him noting that he knew the Vice President “is here because he loves what he is doing for the development of the country.”