Osinbajo blames political elites for Biafra, Arewa, other ethnic tensions

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo
Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

The Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday attributed the current ethnic and regional tensions in the country to the handiwork of some political elites.

Mr. Osinbajo made this known at a meeting of regional youth leaders organised by the Office of the Special Assistant to the President on Youth and Student Affairs at the NICON Transcorp, Abuja.

Mr. Osinbajo, who was represented by Babafemi Ojudu, the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, urged the youth to shun such questionable personalities in the interest of peace and progress of the country.

He noted with concern that the elites were only using the youth to score cheap political goals.

He, therefore, advised the young people to shun any act capable of polarising the country along ethnic, sectional and religious lines.

“It will be worst for us if we allow some selfish people to push us to unnecessary war. Nigeria holds a lot of promises for all of us.

“I know and we all know that a lot of you have been excluded from the good things of this country and of course we can trace that to poor and bad governance over the years.

“But again, what we should be clamouring for is good governance, not separatism, not secession.

“This is all about elite competition. The youth are only being used as tools to promote socio-political disorder.

“Only God knows how much some elites, who hid behind the curtains, paid those, who made that declaration in Kaduna.

“Okay, if I don’t want to be importing things from Singapore, I can use this idea of Biafra to make money and some people are making huge money from it.

“Those, who were agitating and calling for Biafra before, are now singing another tune after building their palaces,” he said.

He frowned at the hate speeches and divisive comments resonating across the country, stressing that the situation required urgent attention from all concerned, especially the youth groups in the country.

He, therefore, urged them to raise their voices against such speeches, saying no country could develop under an atmosphere of social discontent.

He also called on the youth to come up with “better ideas, better organization’’ rather than engaging in unnecessary antagonism or spreading fake news through the social media.

In his remark, the Senate leader, Ahmad Lawan, reassured that the National Assembly would continue to provide an atmosphere conducive for the youth to thrive in the country.

According to him, the youth have strong contributions to make in making Nigeria better.

“But we also believe that we must enable them, we must provide them the opportunity to realize their dreams and aspirations.

“This situation that we have found ourselves in, where youth from different parts of the country make hate speeches, is not helpful for the country and is not helpful to the youth.

“You need to come together and you will find us as good, useful partners.

“I want to promise that we will not be found wanting in the discharge of our responsibilities.

“Once your requests are brought to us for legislation we will not hesitate to support them so as to make you better citizens,’’ he said.

Nasiru Adhama, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Youth and Student Affairs, explained that the meeting was part of ongoing consultations with youth leaders with a view to finding lasting solutions to youth agitations in the country.

He stated that the meeting is also meant to address the problems of hate speeches and ethnic tensions emanating from some quarters.

Mr. Adhama revealed that a more expanded meeting of youths from all states of the federation would soon be convened by his office to address the challenges facing the youth in the country.

(NAN)


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  • Irumundomon

    Arrest then too, not only ibo man is good to be placed behind bars for years

  • tunde

    Plus massive looting and hiding behind the military to commit horrendous crime against nigerians and nigeria as a country.

  • Kickboxer

    Referendum will take place in Biafra. According to the UN charter (which Nigeria ratified in 2007) on self-determination of indigenous people, a GOVT must organize a referendum for a nationality which wants to govern its people. If GOVT refuses, the UN will activate a process to organize the referendum. Apparently the Zoo govt would like to delay the process….

    …..it is against this backdrop that I call on Yariba slaves & their Northern Islamic terrorist masters to direct their ULTIMATUM to Zoo Govt to immediately organize referendum in Biafra.

    Be that as it may, Biafra referendum will be organized by UN support if Zoo Govt refuses to do so.

    THEREFORE IF YARIBA SLAVES & THEIR ISLAMIC TERRORIST MASTERS ARE NOT SCARED ABOUT BIAFRA LEAVING, LET THEM GIVE ULTIMATUM TO GOVT TO CONDUCT A REFERENDUM IN BIAFRA OR SHUT UP!

    ALL HAIL BIAFRA!

  • jack straw

    Buhari/Osinbajo or what you call your self. Nigeria has expired 1914-2014. better divide the zoo now or faces civil war soon. Let ODUDUWA/ AREWA/ BIAFRA go their separate way of life.TIME IS LIMIT AND BIAFRANS MUST GO BY PEACE OR BY WAR.

  • Osinbajo must take his message of unity on the road to the nooks and crannies of Nigeria with rallying and positive speeches, to make his case. That’s what leaders do. Buhari is not equipped to do this.

  • Mentus

    I beg to disagree with your diagnosis VP. These youths are not fools nor thugs. They have good reason to complain on both sides. If government really wants to solce the problem they must demonstrate in practical terms that they want Nigeria to be one by being equitable in their appointments, execution of justice, sharing of social improvement programmes, listening and responding when people encounter tragedy. Politician salaries and remunerations should be slashed to reflect the hardship in the country.
    There is no point ignoring the feelings of the people or insulting them by saying they are being used. There is an adage that when a child is crying and pointing in a particular direction that one of his parents or a guardian must be there.
    Sir, you yourself know very well Nigeria is not and will never work as it is now, so you politician have better face it and start talking to each other on the way forward instead wasting time trying to placate the youths or threatening them with ‘The full weight of law’ whatever that means.

  • Ewuzie Dozie Remy

    we dont have committed leaders here , even u .
    and people are suffering bcz of the problems u created for them

  • Okechukwu Vitus

    ALL THESE HYPOCRISY & FEAR OF CABAL, HOW LONG SHALL IT BE ?SINCE NOW WE HAVE ‘NT SEEN ANY OF THEM BEEN PROSECUTED AS IN THE CASES OF PEACEFUL AGITATORS. IF WE CONTINUE TO DECEIVE OURSELVES,& REFUSE TO TAKE ACTION NOW & DAMN THE CONSEQUENCE NOW NO MATTER WHO…REGRETTABLY THE CONSEQUENCE WILL INEVITABLY DAMN US’ YOU MUST ALSO DO THE NEEDFUL NOW,NO MATTER WHAT… ”WHO KNOWS THIS COULD BE REASON YOU CAME INTO POWER BY THE MOST HIGH…HISTORY WILL REMEMBER YOU AS YOU SAVE MILLIONS FROM THIS GUN POWDER EXPLOSION…THEREFORE LET’S SEPERATE PEACEFULLY NOW …

  • Myson

    Vice President Osibanjo should know he is the target of Igbo’s expulsion from core Northern states and this means the 2019 campaign have started. Ango Abudullahi ACF and some Northern Youths organizations are just willing tools in the pawn game. The main people pulling the strings are some of President Buhari’s kitchen Cabinet in Aso Rock. The northern elites want to maintain Presidential power in the north because they know Buhari cannot be able to mount any successful campaign come 2019. With PDP in disarray, it means the next president will come from APC. If they succeed, Ango Abudullahi and his group will roll on ground and apologize and beg Igbos’ not to relocate from core Northern States.
    As commander in chief, Osibanjo may not have the power to fire Buhari Kitchen Cabinet but he has power to change the service chiefs including Police and SSS. Osibanjo it is time to fire any service chief that takes order from Buhari kitchen cabinet instead of you as commander in chief. If not, you are a sitting duck.