Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called for strong consensus among elites and policy framework that would promote social cohesion and unity in Nigeria.
Professor Osinbajo made the call on Monday at the maiden Policy Making and Good Governance Lecture Series organised by the National Institute for Policy Strategic Studies, Kuru, near Jos.
The vice president, in his lecture tagged: ”Creating a Homeland for All: A Nation Building in a Diverse Democracy”, decried the rising spate of frightening divisive tendencies, which according to him was responsible for the backwardness in the nation.
He that maintained that our diversity ought to be a ”blessing and not a curse”, adding that Nigeria has the potentials to be a great nation but only when the cankerworm of division is collectively fought.
Professor Osinbajo, who cited examples of Singapore, Tanzania and Rwanda, as nation that effectively managed their diversities, said that Nigeria could take a cue.
Earlier, the Director General of NIPPS, Professor Ayo Omotayo, thanked the vice president for honouring the institute’s invitation to deliver the lecture.
Professor Omotayo explained that the idea for the lecture series was conceived in order to create an avenue for the members of Senior Executive Course SEC 45 to interact notable Nigerians on policy issues.
The event featured an interactive session between the vice president and the participants