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Osinbajo urges Nigerians to shun ethnic, religious biases

By Abubakar Mohammed (Abuja) Kelvin Ebiri (Port Harcourt) and Charles Ogugbuaja (Owerri)   |   14 February 2017   |   4:41 am

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo being received by Rivers State monarchs at the Port Harcourt International Airport in continuation of Federal Government’s dialogue with Niger Delta people…yesterday

•Acting president at Rivers, says nation needs new vision, visits Imo today

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has urged Nigerians to shun ethnic or religious biases. Speaking yesterday at the 2017 Murtala Muhammed Memorial lecture in Abuja, Osinbajo expressed regrets that the spirit of the Nigerian project had degenerated to the extent that, “The first question we ask is not what is the worth of a man or a woman, or what he or she can do but where he or she is from or what religious label he is wearing.

According to the acting president, Nigerians should emulate the legacy of the late General Muhammed, who even in his short reign, left indelible marks in the country.

Meanwhile, the Acting President yesterday paid an official visit to Rivers State in continuation of Federal Government’s dialogue with peoples of the Niger Delta.

In Port Harcourt, he declared that the zone required a new vision devoid of the prevailing unhappy circle of discontent that sometimes resulted in violence, vandalism and security response.

He said that it was extremely discomforting that the Niger Delta region where he did his National Youths Service Corps 38 years ago was still grappling with the same challenges of underdevelopment and poverty.

He disclosed that the groundbreaking ceremony for the Integrated Contaminated Soil Management Centre provided for by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report will be performed on Thursday in Ogoni.

The acting president reassured the stakeholders that the Federal Government would continue the amnesty programme for ex-militants. In response, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike said he was in support of the 16-point agenda submitted by the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) to the Federal Government.

Osinbajo will also pay an official visit to Imo State today. A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Sam Onwuemeodo in Owerri yesterday stated that the Acting President would inaugurate “one or two projects, out of more than two thousand verifiable projects” executed by the Governor Rochas Okorocha’s administration.




  • Ezekiel Okeke

    The west and north with the said Osinbajo are the one biased, not eastern region of Republic Of Biafra: Our native entity Republic Of Biafra is a Country of True Federalism with Resource Control, Best Economic Managements Capability etc. Not their ruined entity called Nigeria with its ruined economy, society etc. They are the one now coming to beg us, no longer easterners going to Abuja to beg to be given a token of their God given resources, so they will in a very short time, no longer be able to come to us, the way they are no longer able to go to London where they do stand and vow to crush us.

  • Nwaizu Ikechukwu Bruno

    But is it not ironical that it is the VP doing the call and visit on this dialogue, is it a way of political canvassing for the Presidency job. Mbanu! Tufiakwa!! for the enemies of Buhari. Continuing is it not ironical that the foundation of tribal justice and politics is the one now calling for Zikism, whereby governance in Abuja is totally 90% North/West coalition.

    Who is fooling who Sardunna or Awo?

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