Nigeria cannot afford another civil war according to the Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo. He said that every conflict is a result of elite negligence to speak up; he went further to say that the elites should rise and speak the truth against forces of disharmony, so the country doesn’t run into total chaos.
The Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, made this statement on Tuesday evening in Abuja while speaking with All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders from the South-East, particularly chieftains and members from Anambra State.
In the words of the Prof. Osinbajo, “we cannot afford a war in this country…it is the political elite that will determine what will take place.
If we keep quiet, if we say nothing and hope that things will just normalize, we may be wrong.
And we may find ourselves heading for something much worse than we are seeing today.”
His words: “if the political elite does not speak up, if we don’t see anything wrong in what is going on, if we allow it to continue to slide, we will endanger ourselves and endanger the future of our country.
He also noted saying that “I know that every conflict is a result of elite failure, the elite failure to speak up and tell the truth to their communities, that’s the cause of every one of these civil conflicts.
“So, I would urge that we speak up. I would urge that we stand for something. Sometimes it’s dangerous to stand for something, but the greater danger of course, is to keep quiet.”
Prof. Osinbajo advised that “the thing about the kinds of conflicts in these parts of the world is that it is usually a war without end. Everyone who thinks that they have some money stored up somewhere is wrong, you will eventually run out.
He recalled a personal experience which he observed in Somalia in the 90s when he was there working with the United Nations, he added that he saw a Supreme Court Justice whom he had known before, queuing up for food, in the aftermath of the civil unrest .
“Everyone who thinks they can go and hide somewhere, you won’t even find a place. In the end, everyone will suffer. Parents, children, young people, old people, will suffer.”
He spoke on the forthcoming primaries for the governorship election in Anambra State, to which the Vice President said a fair process or fairness of justice will be essential in ensuring victory for the party at the polls.
Professor Osinbajo further stated “to be fair and just is not the responsibility for spirits, it is the responsibility for men and women of our party, especially the leadership.”
Honourable Party chieftains who were present at the meeting included former Senate President, Mr Ken Nnamani; Minister of State for Mines & Steel Development, Mr Uche Ogah, Minister of State for Labour & Productivity, other party leaders and members from the South-East, and the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, among others.