Yemi Osinbajo, vice president, has said a united people working together are more likely to be economically successful.
Osinbajo stated this on Wednesday, 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 Auwal Maidabino, and Prince Usman Ado-Bayero.
“There is no great nation anywhere that has not had this sort of challenge, especially where you have a multi-racial, multi-religious setup”, the vice president was quoted as saying in a statement by his spokesman, Laolu Akande.
“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”.
He told the delegation that it is the duty of the leadership, whether political and social, to ensure that the nation focuses on the issues of unity and tolerance.
Osinbajo noted that religious tolerance is a matter that goes beyond mere advocacy, adding that the greatness of any nation is on account of leaders who deem it fit to build it on the basis of unity and tolerance.
“I think that it is such an important issue that we cannot afford to discount it,” he added.
“There is a need for us to pay more time and attention to these issues in whatever way we can.
“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 the advocacy, but in action that will bring about unity and religious tolerance.”
In his remarks, Maidabino commended the vice president for his innovative approach to governance and the several initiatives of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government anchored through his office.
He informed the vice president of plans by the group to convene a national forum on unity, as part of its contribution to supporting peaceful coexistence and harmony among Nigerians.