The war drum, hate speeches and divisive comments has been bitten by different ethnic groups in Nigeria, the Northern part, Eastern part and Western part of Nigeria among the three major ethnic groups in Nigeria.
Nigeria leaders are touring all the nooks and crannies of the 36 states of the federation, making consultation with leaders of thought from the North, East, and West and persuading the youths and leaders to shun violence, hate speech and stop beating a war drum against another ethnic group in the country.
The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has further urges all the ethnic groups in the country not to be tempted into tit-for-tat.
On Wednesday, the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo tour the Eastern part of the country and met with Southeast governors and other major leaders of thought from the eastern region and urged them not to be tempted into a tit-for-tat amid hate speeches across the country.
In his opening remarks at the meeting with the leaders of thought held at the old Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo pleaded with all the leaders and youths to always voice out against hate speeches, violence speeches and unguided comments capable of polarizing the country along ethnic, sectional and religious lines thereby leading to crisis or war.
Prof. Yemi Osinbajo disclosed that the meeting was “very urgent and crucial’’ because of the current tension, voices of hate speeches and divisive comments resonating across the country particular among the Northern and Eastern Nigeria, stressing that the situation required urgent attention from all concerned.
“Violence and war are not going to do anyone any good. A war today hardly ends. No one who has seen the face of wars even on Television who wish it for anyone.
“We should not tolerate hate speeches or divisive comments.’’
“There is no doubt on the resolve of government to allow anyone get away with hate speeches and divisive words.
“Our emotion should not be allowed to run wide so as to threaten the existence of anyone anywhere in Nigeria.
“We will do everything within our power to protect the lives of every citizen anywhere and in any part of the country.’’
Dignitaries at the special meeting with the Acting President included the Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara, Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu, Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi, Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, Gov. Willy Obiano of Anambra and Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo.
Also, others included Chief of staff to the president Abba Kyari, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, NSA, Chief of Defence Staff, Service Chiefs, Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and ministers.
Former Senate President Ken Namani, Senator Eyinaya Abaribe, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Catholic Awka Bishop Okoye, Igwebike Onah Catholic archbishop of Nssuka, Senator Joy Emordi, Prof. Viola Nwuleri also attended the meeting.
Prof. Yemi Osinbajo pleaded with all the leaders in all the states to shun, kick against violence and hate speeches and never to hide under any ethnic or religious platform to support comments that divide rather than unite us as a nation.
He, therefore, urged leaders to raise their voices against the present strident divisive speeches in the country, saying that “violence pays no one.
Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, the Acting President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria further reiterated that the Federal Government’s resolve to deal with any trouble makers, mischief perpetrators who threaten the peaceful coexistence of Nigeria and attempt to disrupt the peace of the country.