Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo says wasting time would be a mistake if Nigerian leaders were not willing to make sacrifices and risk their popularity to achieve change.
According to him, this is required to eradicate violence, including ethnic and religious tensions in the country.
Mr. Osinbajo asserted, “Unless we are ready to not just talk about it, but to make an open display of those doing the right thing.”
“But if we do not challenge our leaders to say the right things and to risk some popularity to do so, then we will be wasting a lot of time.”
Deputy chief of staff to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Laolu Akande, quoted the vice president when he met with Disu Kamor, the executive chairman of the Muslim Public Affairs Centre (MPAC) in Abuja on Monday.
MPAC is a non-governmental organization that promotes peace-building and interfaith cohesion.
In addition, he stressed that “the top leadership of the country must be prepared to make some important sacrifices in order to deal with the tensions between faiths and ethnicities.”
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As examples, he pointed to Nelson Mandela, the late South African president, and Abubakar Abdullahi.
In 2018, Mr. Abdullahi (an imam) risked his life to save over 200 Christians who sought refuge in his mosque when some rioters attacked Nghar Yelwa in Barkin Ladi, Plateau, and sought to kill them.
He suggested that the youths be included in MPAC’s activities.
“I think it’s important, especially for younger people and professionals who are not necessarily religious leaders in that sense. It may be possible to have a more inclusive interfaith dialogue.”
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