Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday at the 70th anniversary lecture of the Lagos Country Club, said that there was no guarantee that if Nigeria breaks up, every region would prosper individually.
He noted that the fact that people speak same language and practice same religion was no guarantee that they would live in peace together.
Osinbajo who spoke on the topic ‘Promoting National Cohesion as a means of Promoting Progress and Prosperity’ noted that Sudan separated, thinking it was the solution, but it didn’t go well. He also cited Somalia as an example too.
He urged Nigeria to instead of breaking up embrace unity through its diversity.
“The truth is that any group that suggests that its destiny is outside Nigeria and so must separate to achieve its ambitions will find out soon enough that even within that group there are many little splinters, factions waiting to cut the pie into even smaller pieces, hoping that by doing so, they will eat a large piece,” Osinbajo said
“The mere fact that we all speak the same language or belong to the same tribe does not mean that there will not be strife; and in the same way, the mere fact that we all speak different languages or belong to different tribes and religions does not mean we will strive,” he added.
“The challenge is dynamic and our approach must also be dynamic. That is why I believe that state police in a large and diverse federation is an imperative. However, we know that the creation of state police requires constitutional amendment. In the interim, the Federal Government has approved community policing, as an option. A component of that is that the new approach to police recruitment is that policemen will be recruited in each local government and after training, they will be required to remain in their local government,” he noted.
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