Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Vice President has reiterated that the country will not break up and that those clamouring for such should get ready to be disappointed.
Osinbajo spoke these words on Monday, while delivering a keynote address at the first All Progressives Congress Youth Conference in Abuja.
“In the area of disruption and disruptive innovation, the principle that we are stronger together than in little part is a sound principle and it is my respectful view that those who advocate the breaking up of the country are terribly wrong,” he said.
He added: “Our size is crucial for geopolitical and economic relevance. Our people will be better served by a large populous and diverse country. As with all big and diverse countries, our business is to make this union work; it is to give everybody a sense of belonging.”
“All of those waiting on the sidelines, hoping that this big country called Nigeria will break up into bits so that they can pick up the pieces, will be very sorely disappointed and I am very sure that those of you who are seated here today will prevent that from happening.”
“I am also frankly not very impressed with the notion that the role and power of young people are somehow postponed until elders have gone, or that there’s some kind of generational queue to which we all must subscribe.
“Even if that was true at some point, today, that notion stands on very weak legs indeed,” he said.