Acting President Yemi Osibanjo has said of Nigerians unite, the people can build a new nation.
He spoke as Special Guest of Honour at the graduation of the 2017 Class of Senior Course 39 of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji
He said it is a task that is possible, adding that Nigerians can build a new nation built on trust, consensus and love for one another
“A nation where the rulers do not steal the commonwealth, where every Nigerian is safe to live and work, where the State takes responsibility for the security of each and every Nigerian, where the State knows every Nigerian by name and can find and locate each one of us.
“A Nigeria where the Igbo or Ijaw man can live peacefully in Sokoto, and the Fulani man can live peacefully in the Niger Delta.”
The Acting President insisted that the elite were largely to be blamed for the festering negative narratives.
“I would like to emphasize the fact that this was essentially an elite phenomenon, unity and disunity are promoted by the elite which the vast majority of the Nigerian people are only later conscripted.
“While we must remain irrevocably committed to freedom of expression and the tenets of a free press, we must draw the line between freedom that conduces to healthy democracy and that which threatens and endangers the entire democratic enterprise . It is an important balance, that we must strike. Failure in any way will be tragic”, he said.