Despite the increasing agitation and security challenges, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo warned on Wednesday that Nigeria cannot afford another Civil War.
He urged the political elite to rise up in defence of national unity and speak up against calls for disintegration.
The Vice President’s position was supported by two major traditional rulers – the Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi and the Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar.
The royal fathers cautioned against calls for secession by individuals and groups.
Vice president , who spoke during a meeting with All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirants in Anambra State, said the sudden silence of the elite on the issue of attacks in the Southeast and other parts of the country has great consequences.
At the session organised by Anambra APC patriots, led by Dozie Ikedife, Osinbajo said Nigeria should avoid “a war without end.”
Everyone who thinks they have some monies stored up somewhere, will eventually run out of money. Everyone who thinks they can go and hide somewhere, won`t even find a place to hide. In the end, everyone will suffer.
Even if you don’t suffer, your parents, children, young and old people and your relations will suffer. We cannot afford a war in this country, we can`t afford it.”
Still mentioning the silence of Elites over the current security issues, The Vice President maintained that the failure of the elite to act now will make the country vulnerable.
He added :
I pray that our country will never know conflict, but I know that every conflict is as a result of elite failure to speak up the truth and tell the truth to their communities.
If we don`t speak up against disunity, if we keep quiet and remain under the radar, the enemies of peace and those who want to promote disunity will have their way. And when this happens, we will find ourselves running helter shelter.