Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has raised the alarm that the attempt by Nigerians politicians to use ethno-religious divisiveness is dangerous.
According to the vice president, the political elite make reconciliation quite difficult as they feed on hate.
He spoke in Lagos yesterday at the 80th birthday ceremony of former Ogun State Governor Olusegun Osoba and the launch of his autobiography entitled “Battle Lines: Adventures in Journalism and Politics”.
He said part of the damage those politicians had done to the polity was mistrust among the populace.
“The attempt by political elite to always use religious and ethnic divisiveness is dangerous. They make reconciliation quite difficult because they feed on hate. The challenge before us now as a country is to be able to recognise evil and wickedness. This we can defeat with unity of purpose,” Osinbajo said.
Osinbajo said unity was an essential ingredient of nation-building and greatness of the country. He, however, expressed displeasure with the predilection of some unpatriotic citizens to use all sorts of tactics to undermine the unity of the country.
He said some members of the political class had always played ethnic and religious cards to pit people against one another, thereby causing disaffection. Osinbajo urged citizens to resist all divisive antics and tactics, adding that Nigerians should not fall for any agenda that could undermine unity. He said claims that President Muhammadu Buhari was pursuing an agenda to Islamise the country was false and divisive.
Osinbajo said that the narrative in some quarters that the president was protecting killer herdsmen and Boko Haram members was a desperate ploy to promote ethnic and religious suspicion.
The vice president said Boko Haram once made attempts on the president’s life, and the incident, which occurred during one of his campaign visits, had betrayed the fact that the claims that he was protecting them were just to cause disunity.
He said the government was committed to the well-being of all Nigerians, and urged citizens to unite against all evils, including religious extremism.
Osinbajo said that Boko Haram, Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) and others were enemies of the nation, urging all citizens to join hands with the governor to root them out.