Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday urged well-meaning Nigerians to remain steadfast in the task of keeping the country as one strong indivisible entity and not allow selfish people who see nothing good in the nation’s unity achieve their aim.
Professor Osinbajo, who spoke while addressing to a delegation of the northern socio-political group, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) on a courtesy visit to his office at the State House, Abuja, stressed that with the diversity and huge size of the country, “it is better to be a part of a great thing than to be one tiny part of something that is not necessarily great.”
“So, I think that we must not allow those who advance personal causes to defeat the very strong objectives of bringing this country together as a nation and forging ahead”, he submitted.
According to a statement by Olusola Abiola, Assistant Director (Information), in the Presidency, on behalf of Laolu Akande, the Vice President’s spokesman, Osinbajo told the delegation made up of eminent personalities from the northern part of the country, that President Muhammadu Buhari is one leader who possesses the willingness and passion “to ensure this country is a united country”.
The President, he continued, has shown that “this country has men who are determined to remain honest, straight forward and are able to speak their minds without deceit.”
Before being presented with publications of ACF by the Deputy Chairman and leader of the delegation, Alhaji Musa Liman Kwande, the Vice President expressed support for the proposed security summit being organized by the Forum. He also underscored the importance of the security summit at this time in the nation’s history, saying “it’s a very important thing, the security of this country is a very important thing”.
Earlier, in an address read by the Vice Chairman of the Forum, Senator Abubakar Girei, the Chairman of Arewa Consultative Forum, former Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Coomassie, lauded the Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari for its achievements especially in degrading insurgency in the North East.
He informed the Vice President that the Forum is organizing a security summit that will bring all stakeholders together to articulate strategies that will address the menace of insecurity and proffer practical solutions towards ensuring sustainable peace and development in the country.