The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo has said that Nigerians can build a new nation built on trust, consensus and love for one another and a nation where the rulers do not steal the commonwealth.
Osinbajo speaking as Special Guest of Honour at the graduation of the 2017 class of Senior Course 39 of the Armed Forces Command & Staff College, Jaji, said the great challenge and the wonderful opportunity for this generation of the Nigerian elite is to build a new nation out of the rubble of cynicism, division and suspicions.
â€œWe can build a new nation, a new nation built on trust, consensus and love for one another and love for our country is possible. A nation where the rulers do not steal the commonwealth, where every Nigerian is safe to live and work, where the state takes responsibility for the security of each and every Nigerian, where the state knows every Nigerian by name and can find and locate each one of usâ€, Â Osinbajo stated.
The Acting President further said he envisioned â€œA Nigeria where the Igbo or Ijaw man can live peacefully in Sokoto, and the Fulani man can live peacefully in the Niger Delta.â€
Delivering a speech which addressed the hate-filled agitations currently being witnessed in the polity, the Acting President observed that the elite is largely to be blamed for the festering negative narratives.
â€œI would like to emphasise the fact that this was essentially an elite phenomenon, unity and disunity are promoted by the elite which the vast majority of the Nigerian people are only later conscripted.â€
He cautioned against the misuse of democratic right of freedom of speech saying, â€œwhile we must remain irrevocably committed to freedom of expression and the tenets of a free press, we must draw the line between freedom that conduces to healthy democracy and that which threatens and endangers the entire democratic enterprise. It is an important balance that we must strike. Failure in any way will be tragic.â€