Nigeria’s strength is in diversity, size, Osinbajo tells northern leaders

PiC 20.  Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (M) with a delegation of Arewa Counsultative Forum during their visit to the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday (18/04/17). 
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PiC 20. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (M) with a delegation of Arewa Counsultative Forum during their visit to the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday (18/04/17). 02290/18/4/2017/SUMAILA EJIGA/ICE/NAN

“A lot of those who say we are better divided as a nation, don’t understand that the greatness of this country lies first in its diversity and then in the size of the country”, says Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Speaking to a delegation of the northern socio-political group, Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, who visited him in his office on Wednesday at the State House, Abuja, Mr. Osinbajo condemned those who see nothing good in the unity of Nigeria.

He averred that with the diversity and huge size of the country, “it is better to be a part of a great thing than to be one tiny part of something that is not necessarily great.”

“So, I think that we must not allow those who advance personal causes to defeat the very strong objectives of bringing this country together as a nation and forging ahead”, he submitted.

He told the delegation made up of eminent personalities from the northern part of the country that President Muhammadu Buhari is one leader who possesses the willingness and passion “to ensure this country is a united country”.

He added that the president has shown that “this country has men who are determined to remain honest, straight forward and are able to speak their minds without deceit.”

Before being presented with publications of ACF by the Deputy Chairman and leader of the delegation, Musa Kwande, the vice president expressed support for the proposed security summit being organised by the Forum. He also underscored the importance of the security summit at this time in the nation’s history, saying “it’s a very important thing, the security of this country is a very important thing”.

Earlier, in an address read by the Vice Chairman of the Forum, Abubakar Girei, the Chairman of Arewa Consultative Forum and former Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Coomassie, lauded the Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari for its achievements especially in degrading insurgency in the north-east.

He informed the vice president that the forum is organising a security summit that will bring all stakeholders together to articulate strategies that will address the menace of insecurity and proffer practical solutions towards ensuring sustainable peace and development in the country.


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  • absam777

    Mr VP, with great respect I beg to disagree. Have you heard about the following phrases “Big for nothing” and “small is good” ? To keep Nigeria one, you may need to restructure for easier governance

  • Otile

    Osibande is promoting diversity for his own selfish ends and nothing more. We cannot let indolent parasites keep us down forever in the name of diversity. Osibande tell your boss to do away with bigotry, diabolic nepotism, and parasitism then we can accept what you call diversity.

  • emmanuel

    Big lie. Nigeria’s undoing is the diversity of tribes, ethnic groups and religion.
    If not, how would those who hardly passed secondary school and tetiary institutions entrace become the brainers in civil and public sector?
    They only write their names down in such qualifying examinations and that qualify them to become DG’s, Perm Secs etc.
    Useless diversity.
    Let Osinbajo tell all the lies, his tenor expires 2019 and no renewal, because there is nobody to renew with.