Prof Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Acting President has called on Nigerians to exhibit mutual respect for one another irrespective of culture and religious differences.
The Acting President made the call in Abuja on Wednesday at the opening of a two-day seminar on “Unity in Diversity: Security and National Development”, organised by the Institute for security studies.
While expressing concern over the rising rate of hate speeches and intolerance across the country, the Acting President urged Nigerians to avoid actions that may lead to the destruction of the country’s peace and unity.
Osinbajo said, “We must ensure that there is respect for each other, we must respect each other; we must respect the views of each other. In conversation, in interactions, we must show respect for each other. We must respect each other’s religions, we must respect each other’s views; the language of interaction must be civil.”
He also advised the youths to be wary of those who disparage Nigeria by calling it a mere geographical expression instead of calling it a country, insisting that Nigerians must be civil in their choice of words, warning that the Federal Government would not tolerate people speaking otherwise.
“The truth of the matter is that by our sheer size – our markets, our combined resources – this country is much greater and even its potentials are even far greater than the potentials of most countries anywhere in the world; not just in Africa”, he said.
Describing corruption and impunity as ‘the worst evil this country has ever experienced’, the Acting President said no one should attempt to justify any leader’s corrupt practices.
He added that the youth, who presently constitute two-thirds of Nigeria’s population, must assertively seek power rather than an endless wait to become the so-called “leaders of tomorrow”.
At the event were the former Nigeria head of state, General Yakubu Gowon and three traditional rulers – Chairman of Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers Alhaji Abubakar, Chairman of South-South Traditional Rulers, King Edmund Daukoru, and his counterpart in the South-East zone, Eze Ebere Chidi.