United Nigeria Remains Recipe For National Development, Says Osinbajo

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NIGERIA’S Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo has called for unity in the country, urging every citizen irrespective of differences to see themselves as Nigerians and promote one country.

This he said, would enable the country to succeed in its development efforts.

Osinbajo stated this on Saturday during an interactive session with top officials of Nigeria’s High Commission in the United Kingdom, held at the Abuja House residence of the High Commissioner in London.

According to him, “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.

“Anybody who looks at how Nigeria operates will recognize that we are better off in this system, and that is the truth.

“Yorubas are not better off on their own, Igbos 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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While emphasizing the importance of unity, Osinbajo noted that “people in different parts of the world today, are coming together to form stronger units, rather than breaking up.

He advised Nigerians both at home and in the diaspora to promote the message of one country, noting that this is not time to break up.

He added, “If you read of the economics of smaller nations, they are looking for ways of 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?”

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Speaking about the economic and security challenges facing the country, the Vice President said the current government is capable of handling the situation, adding that effort is also made towards addressing issues of fairness and justice.

The VP urged staff of the High Commission to remain good ambassadors of the country and endeavor to promote justice and fairness in their activities even as they make more efforts to promote government programmes and policies.

“We must promote one country. But, of course, everybody talks about justice, fairness and balance, and that is what we must try to do on a continuous basis.

“Let us not be discouraged, let us be very confident because our country will come out of all these problems and emerge stronger.

“So, I urge every person who represents our country to ensure that we must represent the country well and be able to speak up at the right forum about the country and what we are doing.”

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