Present Cracks May Lead To Nigeria’s Break-up ~ Osinbajo
The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has said that Nigeria could be heading for a break up if urgent meaures are not taken, collectively, to address the identified cracks that could quicken such break-up.
Osinbajo sounded the warning on Sunday in Abuja at the 60th Independence Anniversary interdenominational church service held at National Ecumenical Centre, themed, “Come, let us rebuild”, that, though, the task of mending the cracks could face severe opposition, but it can only be achieved by consistent focus and prayers by Nigerians who desire more peaceful and prosperous nation.
Professor Osinbajo was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, at the National Ecumenical Centre, where the anniversary service was held.
In attendance were representatives of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; Head of Service of the Federation, Folashade Yemi- Esan; permanent secretaries, military officials, members of the diplomatic community and other senior government officials.
The Vice President admonished Nigerians to study the story of Nehemiah and reproduce same in Nigeria for a better country.
“For us in Nigeria, Nehemiah should be taken as a metaphor for those Nigerians who either reside in Nigeria or outside, to cry to God to use the abandoned opportunities in Nigeria to address our challenges of nation-building.
“Fortunately for us, our walls are not yet broken, but there are apparent cracks that could lead to a break if not adequately addressed.
“Nehemiah started with fervent prayers, seeking the face of God and pleaded with his king to allow him to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the broken walls because the wall signifies peace, security, contentment and prosperity. It represents the essence of the state of the nation.
“There’s an urgent need for a Nehemiah in our country, Nigeria, today. And like Nehemiah faced opposition in his efforts to rebuild the walls, any Nigerian that desires to rebuild Nigeria must also be ready to face stiffer opposition which will come in torrents. It can only be diffused by consistent focus and prayers.”
The Vice-President, however, expressed optimism that the 60th Independence anniversary could usher in a new Nigeria, saying “no group is more prepared for this task than our religious bodies.
On his part, the CAN President, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, emphasized the need for justice which, he said, will birth peace, tolerance and love.
“For us, all to be on the same page, have a sense of belonging and be happy, the doctrine of equality, that is equal access to employment, governance and education, must be available to all. The principle of inclusivity must be adopted. Nobody or region must be excluded from the scheme of things in Nigeria,” he said.