- Acting President Yemi Osinbajo met with governors at Aso Villa on Wednesday, June 21
- He discussed how to battle hate speech and agitation for Biafra
- The governors resolved to fight against the breakup of Nigeria
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo met with some governors to discuss how to battle hate speech and the agitation for secession by a section of the country.
After the meeting which was held at Presidential Villa, Abuja, the governors while addressing the press said they have resolved to battle hate speech emanating from their states and to ensure that Nigeria stays as a nation.
NAIJ.com learnt that the governors agreed that agitation will only increase poverty, hunger and unemployment in the land and that everyone will lose if Nigeria should break up.
According to a report by Punch, Osinbajo stated that any Nigerian expecting the country to breakup was only wasting his time.
He said: “The message is for Nigerians to work more together and collaborate. We have more to gain when we are united.
“We cannot afford to break, and anybody that is thinking of that, is wasting his time, and we will not allow it, not in this country. All of us are unanimous about that."
He said the governors resolved that the unity of the country “is sacrosanct, non-negotiable and we have all agreed to work together to educate people.”
Speaking at the open session meeting before he went in-door for a close-session with the governors, Osinbajo said: “We must not allow the careless use of words, careless expressions that may degenerate into crisis.
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“We are a people that like to talk and we express ourselves loudly but it is expected for us to recognise that it is those same words that can cause conflagration; that can unfortunately lead to calamity. We must be careful on how we express ourselves.
“What we have seen in recent times is that some of the languages (words) used have tended to degenerate badly and I think that we must begin to speak up against some of these things and ensure that we protect our democracy and our nation from the hands of rhetoric that may just divide us."
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state who spoke on behalf of the governors after the event said:
“Any time you have agitation, usually, there will be poverty; there will be unemployment; there will be hardship. So, we should address fundamentally these areas of poverty, unemployment and hardship.
“Nigerians are by nature a united people; nobody cares whether you are from the north, south or the east.”
The governor also warned against the consequences of war, urging Nigerians to learn from Rwanda and Somalia.
Meanwhile, the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has said that there is nothing patriotic about Igbo governors wearing Hausa/Fulani attires to public functions.
MASSOB made the assertion in a communique issued on Wednesday, June 21.
Uchenna Madu, leader of MASSOB berated the governors of Ebonyi and Enugu states, Dave Umahi and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, respectively, for putting on Hausa/Fulani attire at the recent meeting between Igbo leaders and the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Villa.
Watch Acting President Yemi Osinbajo deliver a speech on the Biafra war: