What Osinbajo told Northern traditional rulers (FULL TEXT)

From Left: Acting President Yemi Osinbajo; Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Saa'd (III) and Emir of Kano, Alhaji Mohmammed Sanusi (II) uring Breaking of Fast with the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa Abuja on Monday (19/6/17)
From Left: Acting President Yemi Osinbajo; Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Saa'd (III) and Emir of Kano, Alhaji Mohmammed Sanusi (II) uring Breaking of Fast with the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa Abuja on Monday (19/6/17)

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday evening met with traditional leaders from Northern Nigeria.

The meeting is in continuation of talks by the presidency to douse the ethnic tensions that recently culminated in a northern group asking Igbos to leave Northern Nigeria.

Read Mr. Osinbajo’s full speech to the traditional rulers below. The speech was sent to PREMIUM TIMES by his spokesperson, Laolu Akande.

Let me first say how honoured I am by the visit of all of your royal highnesses today for this Iftar. And just as you (Sultan of Sokoto) said, it involved a bit of movement back and forth; the Sultan just arrived this morning from a trip abroad and he is still able to make it here.

So, I am really grateful for your consenting to come to join us at this Iftar but also to wait till tomorrow despite the plans that you may have made.

Our nation requires the kind of maturity, the kind of leadership that you have displayed and I want to thank you for that leadership and for that maturity.

It is heartwarming to know that we have leaders especially traditional leaders, who are prepared to make sacrifices, who are prepared to make concessions and compromises for the good of our nation and I want to thank you for that great leadership.

In particular, I want to thank the Sultan for always being there, for always being ready to offer advice and in many times to offer an alternative view to what might appear to be the popular view and I am extremely grateful to you for all of that support.

The way that we see things developing around our nation today (obviously as you said, even within families, you have disputes, you have controversies) is worrisome.

All of us have however agreed that our nation must remain one. When we spoke yesterday with traditional rulers from the South-East; despite the issues that were raised here and there. I think that there is clarity as to that one thing, that our country ought to remain, must remain a united country.

Just as I said to them yesterday, a lot of blood has been shed on account of the unity of our country and our faithfulness even to the lives of those who have made the supreme sacrifice to this country, demands that we do everything on our part to keep this country together.

And in any event, the greatest nations in the world are those nations who have the size as well as the human resources in particular to make the best of that size, and I think our nation has that and the mere fact that we have such a large nation and so well-endowed, in terms of human resources.

I think that we are in the best position not only to be truly great but to ensure that all of our people benefit from the greatness of our country.


So, I want to thank you again for your kindness and for doing us this honour of attending this Iftar and for sharing the love of the season.

I pray that the almighty God will bless you and keep your kingdoms safe and also extend your own lives so that you will rule your kingdoms for long and you will rule your kingdoms in good health.


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  • Shettima

    No matter what is the outcome of this forth and back meeting- we the Arewa Youth stand firm on our resolve to help Biafraexit, we are tired of this hate and other crime they are known with- so my brothers come on the deadline we are going to match enmass, shout and chant loud and clear Federal Government give Biafrans a go ahead order to form and declare their republic of Biafra, we will hurt no one or loot anyone property, but on your coming back, come with your biafran passport and obtain resident permit to claim your property if you still want to remain in the north. #BIAFRAMUSTGO

    • JOHN

      It is shame on you. The north has been the clog in Nigeria’s wheel of progress. You have no value for life, cannot contribute positively to Nigeria’s development. Instead of defaming the patriotic and hard working region, you and your very selfish north are the ones to go on your own and create your Arewa country. Nigerians are fed up with you people who have shown no respect for constitution.

      • whykay2miami

        There is nothing wrong what Shettima posted…Biafra want a separate country from those you claimed have no value for life and cannot contribute positively for Nigeria’s development, they offered them to leave their region and form a country in their region, he also said they will not hurt or loot anyone property and they are always welcome to do business and claim their property provided they have a resident permit.

      • Ahmed Isah

        Keep that your dirty words in your mouth.

  • Jideofor

    Shettima I have never seen an intelligent northerner like you before, did your dad marry an Igbo woman? Is your mum Igbo? How come your this intelligent? For writing this I doubt your a northerner cause good brains like yours don’t come from inferior northerners. I must say that you have spoken wisely and your words should be recommended for the quick exit of superior igbos from inferior non Igbo tribes and a total separation of igbos from inferior non Igbo tribes will be welcomed. Let’s just implement Igbo apartheid government in peace and Biafra is the answer. Not to worry when we will come to Nigeria to claim our property we will be received like the Americans cause Biafra would have become a developed country 1yr after their breakaway with only their five South East states.