Vice President Osinbajo said despite various divisive rhetorics, Nigerians forge friendships, intermarry and advance their goals
The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has advised Nigerians not to allow the actions of criminals to create unnecessary divisions in the country, emphasizing that the nation will prevail over present challenges.
Professor Osinbajo also emphasized the need for peaceful resolution of conflicts as Nigerians love each other.
He gave the advice while unveiling the 2021 Nigeria Social Cohesion Survey Report produced by the Africa Polling Institute in Abuja.
The Africa Polling Institute, API, is a Non-governmental organization involved in the conduct of opinion polls, surveys, and social research on democracy, and governance to support better public policy and advocacy in Africa.
He said that the Country would prevail over the present tribulations stressing that such challenges were not peculiar to Nigeria as other nations had gone through the same.
The Vice President said a fair, swift and equitable dispensation of justice to address everyday grievances remained essential for fostering social Cohesion.
The Executive Director of API, Professor Bell Ihua said the survey advocated the need for government at all levels to identify new measures that would promote peaceful inter-relations amongst citizens and a stronger social contract between the government and the governed.
Professor Ihua explained that this could be achieved through institutional reforms targeted at promoting respect for human rights as well as the independence of the press, civil society and the judiciary.
Speaking on the theme: “Fostering Peace and Unity in Nigeria: The Imperatives of National Social Cohesion” the Country Director, Care International, Nigeria, Dr. Hussaini Abdu said, to address insecurity, the Federal Government needed to convene a national security conference.
He said that the security situation had gone beyond depending on security agencies alone for proffering solutions and that it’s time to apply knowledge from experts.
Dr. Abdu also advised the Government to take the issue of restructuring seriously.
Other speakers at the event urged the Government to re-strategize and work harder to ensure adequate protection of lives and property.