‘We are strong as one nation’ – Osinbajo insists Nigeria’s unity

Professor Yemi Osinbajo has disclosed that Nigeria is better off as one nation, as regions in the country won’t be in positions of advantage if they decide to stand on their own.

This was contained in a statement issued on Sunday by Laolu Akande, the spokesman of the vice-president.

Osinbajo while speaking at an interactive session with officials of Nigeria’s high commission in the United Kingdom said Nigeria has better chances in the international community as one nation.

He expressed optimism that the challenges affecting the country can be overcome.

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

“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.

“I think we are in the very best position to solve the problems that face us today. Security challenges that we have didn’t show up in one day, but it is the government, the people, the men and women that will handle them.

“We happen to be that government, and I am very convinced that we are entirely capable of handling it. I think we are in the best possible position to solve these problems.”

Osinbajo also spoke about the popularity of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“The president is possibly the most popular Nigerian politician that we ever had in generations. He is possibly the only person who can go into a place or somewhere without bossing people to gather and they will come and listen to him speak,” he said.

“We need that level of credibility to be able to solve problems in our country. And I think because of his level of credibility, despite everything, he is still the only one that can call everyone, and even people who do not necessarily agree with him know that he is a man of his words.”


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