Acting President Yemi Osibanjo has blamed the current ethnic and regional tensions in the country to the handiwork of some political elites.
The Acting President made this revelation at a meeting of regional youth leaders organized by the office of the Special Assistant to the President on Youth and Student Affairs held at the NICON Transcorp, Abuja.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN), Osibanjo who was represented at the event by the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters,called in the youths to ignore such questionable personalities in the interest of peace and progress of the nation.
He said with concern the elites are only using the youth to score cheap political goals, and therefore advised the young people to shun any act capable of polarizing the country along ethnic, sectional and religious lines.
H said it will be worst for the nation if some selfish people push Nigeria to unnecessary war, saying Nigeria holds so much promise for everyone.
.“I know and we all know that a lot of you have been excluded from the good things of this country and of course we can trace that to poor and bad governance over the years.
“But again, what we should be clamouring for is good governance, not separatism, not secession” he said.
“ Only God knows how much some elites, who hid behind the curtains, paid those, who made that declaration in Kaduna” he said
In his remark, the Senate leader, Ahmad Lawan, reassured that the National Assembly would continue to provide an atmosphere conducive for the youth to thrive in the country.
According to him, the youth have strong contributions to make in making Nigeria better.