Osinbajo urges Northern traditional rulers to speak up against hate speech | Touch Latest Local,World,Tech,Entertainment,Health,Sport News
19 September 2017 00:00:00 AM Breaking News

• NIGERIA

Osinbajo urges Northern traditional rulers to speak up against hate speech

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday met with Northern traditional rulers and charged them to always speak up against hate speeches and divisive voices in their respective domains.

In his opening remarks at the meeting held at the old Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja, Osinbajo said the meeting had become imperative in view of a spate of divisive statements in recent weeks, pitching the South-East against the North.

He maintained that the divisive rhetoric and agitations were unjustifiable, unacceptable and often times illegal.

“You are, by virtue of your vast knowledge, wisdom and experience, both a vital link with our past, and an important guarantee for the success of our future. This is why your role in national affairs is critical.

“The reason for these series of meetings is well known to all of us; it became necessary in the wake of a spate of divisive statements, in recent months and weeks, pitching the South-East against the North.

“We are all aware of the so-called ‘ultimatum’ issued by a group of Northern youths, asking that all Igbos living in the North vacate the region.

“Before then, there was the clamour, and it’s still on-going, by some south-eastern youths, operating as IPOB and affiliated groups, demanding secession from Nigeria at all costs and by any means.

“In all our previous engagements with Northern and South-Eastern leaders, we all came to the consensus that Nigeria is stronger and better together, and that these hate-filled and divisive rhetoric and agitations are unjustifiable, unacceptable and often times illegal. And I would like to reiterate that today.” he said.

The acting president said that the traditional rulers had a great role to play in checking the divisive tendencies in the country.

He stressed that Nigeria had already seen enough violence and bloodshed during its history.

According to him, the price of Nigeria’s unity has already been paid with the blood and lives of hundreds of thousands of soldiers and civilians lost.

Recalling President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to one Nigeria from his experience in the military, Osinbajo said that Buhari fought side by side with Nigerians of every tribe and faith.

The acting president said: “We must protect each other, put our lives on the line for each other; we were brothers even in the face of death. This is the type of nation we must maintain.

“As royal fathers and leaders, I think you will agree with me that we all have a role to play in countering the voices of divisiveness, and the elements who seek to take us down a bloody path.

“Let us continue to counsel the misguided elements among our youth, who think that ethnic confrontation is a game and that words can be thrown around carelessly without repercussion.’’

Osinbajo assured the traditional rulers that the “government is not deaf to the legitimate concerns and frustrations in parts of the country.

“Every part of Nigeria has its own grievances. But these have to be expressed graciously and managed with mutuality rather than with scorn and disdain.

“I would like to assure you all that we are here to listen and to answer, and, very importantly, to reassure everyone that we are committed to the unity of Nigeria, and that upon the foundation of that unity we can together build a prosperous and great country.’’

He urged all Nigerians never take the nation’s diversity for granted, saying the fullness of the nation’s strength “actually lies in that diversity.

“And we must wield that diversity, not as divisive tool, but instead as a binding agent.

“As we round up these consultations tomorrow with a meeting with governors, it is clear to me that we are all resolved to by words, conduct and action, promote the unity of our dear nation.” he said

He, however, assured that the government would ensure that “the entire apparatus of government is deployed to ensure that no one threatens Nigeria’s territorial integrity and that no one threatens the lives or livelihoods of any Nigerian living anywhere in the country’’.

While thanking the traditional rulers for their unyielding cooperation and support, Osinbajo prayed that almighty God would continue to give them the wisdom and the strength to preside over their Kingdoms and the good health to reign long and reign well.

Among those who attended the meeting included the Sultan of Sokoto, Sultan Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III; Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi and the Etsu Nupe, AlhajiYahaya Abubakar.

Others were, Alhaji Muhammed Isah Muhammed, theEmir of Jama’a in Kaduna State; Justice Lawal Hassan, the Emir of Gummi; the Coordinator of the Northern traditional rulers council, Sakaruyi of Karo Dr. Emmanuel Kyauta, and the representative of the Emir of Katsina, Prof. Sani Lugga ,the Waziri Katsina.

The Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Gambari; Alhaji Mustapha Agwai II, Emir of Lafia in Nasarawa State; Alhaji Kyari Umar El-Kanemi, Shehu of Bama representing Shehu of Borno and the Gbong Gwon Jos, Jacob Buba Jang, also attended the meeting.

Also at the meeting were Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Abubakar, Emir of Gombe; Ndakwo Ameh Oboni II,Attah Igala,Kogi State; Alhaji Muhammadu Ibn Abali, the Emir of Fika in Yobe;, Alhaji Attahiru Ahmed Muhammed Emir of Anka in Zamfara and Prof. James Ayatse, the Tor Tiv.

Alhaji Adamu Baba Yinusa, theEmir of Abaji,FCT; the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari; Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonaya Onu; Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazzau; National Security Adviser, Babagana Munguno, and Speaker of the House of Representatives,Yakubu Dogara also attended the meeting.

The Acting president on Sunday met with traditional rulers from the South- East in continuation of his on-going consultative meetings with leaders of thought across the country.

Osinbajo will on Wednesday meet with the 36 governors of the federation as part of the on-going consultative meetings with stakeholders in the “Project Nigeria”

Recommended

Loading...

Related Posts

Buhari’s health concerns heighten as Nigerien president’s visit is canceled

The visit of President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger Republic to President Muham

Read More

Children of beggars to get free education in Sokoto Tambuwal

Sokoto State Government said it will take care of the education of children of

Read More

Fed govt to stop uncertified teachers from classrooms – TRCN

The Registrar/Chief Executive, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN),

Read More

Abducted mother, sister of Nasarawa lawmaker regain freedom

The mother and sister of Mr Kassim Mohammed-Kassim, member representing Akwanga

Read More

Kebbi to declare state of emergency in education – Gov Bagudu

Perhaps stung by the low number of Kebbi children competing for places in Federa

Read More

NEMA confirms delivery of 200 trucks

The National Emergency Management Agency NEMA says it has since delivered no les

Read More

Osinbajo Declares Support For Magu As Long As Buhari Finds Him Fit

BEVERLY HILLS, April 11, (THEWILL) Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has declared t

Read More

Jungle Justice Three More Suspected Badoo Cult Members Set Ablaze in Ikorodu

Angry residents went berserk in the early hours of Sunday, lynching three susp

Read More

Dedication to duty : Lagos state rewards 867 staff

The Lagos state government has rewarded eight hundred and sixty seven members of

Read More

Senator Ohuabunwa-Buhari Didn't Name Osinbajo Acting President

The Senator representing Abia-North at the National Assembly, Mao Ohuabunwa, on

Read More

Also Read

Ivanka Trump sends her step-mom, Melania Trump birthday wishes

As she shared on her page. Happy birthday to the US First lady, Melania Trump

Read More

Algeria summons Tunisia envoy over ‘communist state’ comment

Algeria summoned Tunisia’s Ambassador in Algiers on Sunday a few days after th

Read More

Analysts forecast 17.1% inflation rate for March

An Economic Intelligence Group at Access Bank Plc has predicted 17.1 per cent in

Read More

Chukwumerije, Lawal elected into taekwondo federation board

2008 Olympic bronze medallist, Chika Chukwumerije, and Sani Lawal have been elec

Read More

Woman raped by six with job ruse in Gurugram

GURUGRAM: A 26-year-old house-keeping staff of a private company in Gurugram was

Read More

Erdogan Claims Victory in Turkey Vote Giving Broad New Powers to President

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey claimed victory by a narrow and still

Read More

Football transfer gossip: Sanchez, Lacazette, Terry, Coutinho, Griezmann, Morata

For the latest gossip and debate, check out our S

Read More

The most delightful scene in six seasons of ‘Girls’

As HBO’s “Girls” wraps up on Sunday night, the controversial series

Read More

Hunters kill two female would-be suicide bombers in Adamawa

Two would-be female suicide bombers suspected to be members of the so-called Bok

Read More