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Great Nations Are Multi-Religious, Multi-Ethnic – Osinbajo

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Vice-President Professor Yemi Osinbajo has insisted Nigeria must remain united because the greatest nations in the world are multi-ethnic and Multi-Religious.

Osinbajo who stated this on Wednesday, when a delegation of the Arewa Concerned People for National Unity and Religious Tolerance, a non-governmental organization from Kano, paid him a courtesy visit at the presidential villa said threats to Nigeria’s unity must be resisted.

Osinbajo was quoted as saying in a statement by his spokesperson, Laolu Akande: “There is no great nation anywhere that has not had this sort of challenge, especially where you have a multi-racial, multi-religious setup. And the greatest nations in the world are multi-racial, multi-religious, and multi-ethnic,”

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“As a matter of fact, some of these things are as important as the economy and security… for the reason that a united people, people who see themselves as one, are more likely to be economically successful, more likely to be able to secure themselves and secure their borders, and more likely to work together for the goodness and greatness of their people.

“It is the duty of the leadership, not just political leadership, but also the leadership of social groups and organizations such as yours, to ensure that we are focused on these issues of unity and tolerance.

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“As you know, religious tolerance and unity are, for me, a matter that goes beyond mere advocacy. I believe very strongly that the greatness of nations, wherever those nations may be, has always been on account of leaders who thought it fit to build those nations on the basis of unity and tolerance.

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“I think that it is such an important issue that we cannot afford to discount it. There is a need for us to pay more time and attention to these issues in whatever way we can because every once in a while, we see some threats to the unity of our country, and we must not allow it to happen at all.

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“We must continue, not just in the advocacy, but inaction that will bring about unity and religious tolerance.”

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