Nigerians are better together, says Osinbajo

October 11,2021



Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has restated the need for Nigeria to remain together for necessary development to take place.

The Vice-President spoke at the weekend during an interactive session with top officials of Nigeria’s High Commission in the United Kingdom (UK) at the Abuja House official residence of the High Commissioner in London.

A statement yesterday in Abuja by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice-President, Mr. Laolu Akande, said Professor Osinbajo also assured Nigerians that the current challenges facing the nation would become history.

He said: “If you look at all of us sitting here, we represent all the geo-political zones. This is the Nigeria that will succeed. Anything else doesn’t make sense.”

The Vice-President said Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora need to promote the message of one Nigeria, adding: “Anybody who looks at how Nigeria operates will recognise that we are better off in this system. That is the truth.

“The Yoruba are not better off on their own; the Igbo are not better off on their own; the North is not better off on its own. We are better off as one nation. That is why we are strong and that is why we can face the world.”

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Stressing the need for Nigeria’s unity, Osinbajo said people come together to form stronger units across the world

The Vice-President noted that it is necessary to avoid breaking up as “this is not the time to break up”.

He added: “If you read of the economics of smaller nations, they are looking for how they can become stronger by aligning with other nations. How does a country with all the potentials and everything that we have think that the best way is to break up?

“We are at a point in our history where we have security challenges, we have economic challenges. If you talk about security, there are so many dimensions to it.

“If you look carefully, all of these could happen to any government. I think we are in the very best position to solve the problems that face us today.”

“Security challenges that we have didn’t show up in one day. But it is the government, the people, the men and women that will handle them.

“We happen to be that government, and I am very convinced that we are entirely capable of handling it. I think we are in the best possible position to solve these problems,” he said.

Osinbajo also spoke about the popularity and credibility of President Muhammadu Buhari, identifying his as a crucial factor in galvanising the entire system in resolving the nation’s challenges.

He said: “The President is possibly the most popular Nigerian politician that we ever had in generations. He is possibly the only person who can go into a place or somewhere without bossing people to gather and they will come and listen to him speak.

“We need that level of credibility to be able to solve problems in our country. And I think because of his level of credibility, despite everything, he is still the only one that can call everyone. Even people who do not necessarily agree with him know that he is a man of his words.”

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