Nigeria is on a journey of greatness, and together we shall arrive at the destination of our dream – Osinbajo
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo says it is not normal to engage in hateful conduct capable of undermining Nigeria’s sovereignty out of frustration.
He said although everyone is entitled to have grievances, there’s no justification for violence and discrimination.
Speaking in his Democracy Day speech released on Monday, Osinbajo noted that all Nigerians are equally important.
He said that no individual or group of persons can be said to be superior to others in the country.
“As we all daily preoccupy ourselves with pursuing the Nigerian dream, which is the desire to better Nigerians’ lives and circumstances vigorously and honestly, it is inevitable that grievances and frustrations will arise from time to time,” he said.
“This is normal. What is not normal, or acceptable, is employing these frustrations as justification for indulging in discrimination or hate speech or hateful conduct of any kind, or for seeking to undermine by violent or other illegal means the very existence of the sovereign entity that has brought us all together as brothers and sisters and citizens.
“Nigeria belongs to all of us. No one person or group of persons is more important or more entitled than the other in this space that we all call home. And we have a responsibility to live in peace and harmony with one another, to seek peaceful and constitutional means of expressing our wishes and desires, and to resist all who might seek to sow confusion and hatred for their own selfish interests.”
The acting president called on Nigerians to pray for President Muhammadu Buhari to regain his health and strength, as well as his safe return from the United Kingdom.
Osinbajo added that the nation “is on a journey of greatness, and together we shall arrive at the destination of our dream”.