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Unity, tolerance key to national security, says Osinbajo

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Yemi Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday, declared that Nigeria can only experience security and thrive where unity and tolerance exist among the people.

He said some of the greatest nations in the world are multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-religious, and a united people working together, hence they are economically successful.

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Osinbajo stated this during a courtesy visit to the Presidential Villa by a delegation from the Arewa Concerned People for National Unity and Religious Tolerance from Kano, led by Alhaji Auwal Maidabino and Prince Usman Ado-Bayero.

According to the Vice President, “There is no great nation anywhere that has not had this sort of challenge, especially where you have a multi-racial, multi-religious setup. And the greatest nations in the world are multi-racial, multi-religious, and multi-ethnic.

“As a matter of fact, some of these things are as important as the economy and security; for the reason that a united people, people who see themselves as one, are more likely to be economically successful, more likely to be able to secure themselves and secure their borders, and more likely to work together for the goodness and greatness of their people.

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“It is the duty of the leadership, not just political leadership, but also the leadership of social groups and organisations such as yours, to ensure that we are focused on these issues of unity and tolerance.”

He said: “As you know, religious tolerance and unity is, for me, a matter that goes beyond mere advocacy. I believe very strongly that the greatness of nations, wherever those nations may be, has always been on account of leaders who thought it fit to build those nations on the basis of unity and tolerance.

“I think it is such an important issue that we cannot afford to discount it. There is a need for us to pay more time and attention to these issues in whatever way we can because every once in a while, we see some threats to the unity of our country, and we must not allow it to happen at all. We must continue, not just in advocacy, but also in action that will bring about unity and religious tolerance.”

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Earlier in his remarks, Maidabino commended Osinbajo for his innovative approach to governance and the several initiatives of the government.

He noted that through schemes such as TraderMoni, National Homegrown School Feeding Programme, N-Power, and the Ease of Doing Business initiative, among others, the Vice President has impacted many Nigerians across different sectors.”

He informed the Vice President of plan by the group to convene a national forum on unity as part of its contribution to entrenching peaceful coexistence and unity among Nigerians.

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