The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday attributed the current ethnic and regional tensions in the country to the handiwork of some political elites.
Osinbajo made this known at a meeting of regional youth leaders organised by the Office of the Special Assistant to the President on Youth and Student Affairs at the NICON Transcorp, Abuja.
Osinbajo, who was represented by Babafemi Ojudu, the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, urged the youth to shun such questionable personalities in the interest of peace and progress of the country.
He noted with concern that the elites were only using the youth to score cheap political goals.
He, therefore, advised the young people to shun any act capable of polarising the country along ethnic, sectional and religious lines.
“It will be worst for us if we allow some selfish people to push us to unnecessary war. Nigeria holds a lot of promises for all of us.
“I know and we all know that a lot of you have been excluded from the good things of this country and of course we can trace that to poor and bad governance over the years.
“But again, what we should be clamouring for is good governance, not separatism, not secession.
“This is all about elite competition. The youth are only being used as tools to promote socio-political disorder.
“Only God knows how much some elites, who hid behind the curtains, paid those, who made that declaration in Kaduna.
“Okay, if i don’t want to be importing things from Singapore, i can use this idea of Biafra to make money and some people are making huge money from it.
“Those, who were agitating and calling for Biafra before, are now singing another tune after building their palaces,’’ he said.
He frowned at the hate speeches and divisive comments resonating across the country, stressing that the situation required urgent attention from all concerned, especially the youth groups in the country.
He, therefore, urged them to raise their voices against such speeches, saying no country could develop under an atmosphere of social discontent.