Yemi Osinbajo has warned that Nigerians will stand to lose everything if the country breaks up in any way.
Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo has called for unity among Nigerians, warning that the masses will stand to lose if the country breaks up or becomes the subject of what some people will like it to be.
Osinbajo stated this on Monday when he received the national executive of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) led by Chris Isiguzo, president of the union, at the presidential villa in Abuja.
In a statement issued by Laolu Akande, his spokesperson, the vice president said there is a need to promote the message of unity in the country, advising journalists to be professional in the discharge of their duties.
“This country is ours, whether we are press, politicians or religious people. The country is ours, and we must do everything to ensure that the country remains safe, secure, and united, and this so important,” he was quoted as saying.
“I thank you for your civic vigilance, for the very kind words you have spoken about Nigeria, and for remaining steadfast in your belief for the rule of law and press freedom in the country.
“As I keep saying, the elite in our country, those of us who have had the benefit of education, positions and all of that, we owe millions of our people who are poor, who have no access and have no voice, a duty to ensure that we don’t let things become worse for them.
“There are so many countries faced with a national challenge and where you have people who are prepared to subvert the entire republic, the press works actively with government to ensure that the information space is protected in such a way that people who want to subvert the republic are not allowed to do so.
“But I think it is important, because your voices as respected members of the fourth estate of the realm, your voices are very important in moderating the kinds of views that we hear constantly which in the end, (if care is not taken) subverts the polity.
“It is important for us to continue to emphasise that the unity of this country is crucial, because if this country breaks up in any way or becomes the subject of what some people will like it to be, all of us will lose out. Obviously, the elite will survive in any way but the vast majority of our people will not.
“So, I will urge that we should as much as possible do whatever we can in our spaces that we occupy to keep emphasising that we cannot afford a situation where the national unity of this country is compromised, or where the country is made the theater of conflict and all sorts of insurgencies and crimes.”
In his remarks, the NUJ president, Chris Isiguzo noted that the union frowned against fake news and would do everything in its powers to check the menace.
He also called on “journalists to be careful not to be tempted into propagating fake news by ensuring proper and adequate checks before stories are written and transmitted for public consumption.”
KanyiDaily recalls that Yemi Osinbajo had also claimed Nigeria will be a great loser if we break up because our destinies have become so interlinked as to be inseparable.