Unless Nigerian leaders are willing to emulate Mandela, we cannot move forward – Osinbajo

Unless Nigerian leaders are willing to emulate Mandela, we cannot move forward

Vice-president, Yemi Osinbajo has stated that Nigerian leaders needs to emulate former South Africa president, Nelson Mandela and Abdullahi Abubakar — a cleric who saved over 200 Christians during a religious crisis in Plateau state in 2018 — in using their positions to address ethno-religious crises in the country.

Osinbajo stated this on Monday, while receiving a delegation of the Muslim Public Affairs Centre (MPAC).

He said leaders must understand the value of non-violent communication, in ensuring that conflicts do not escalate.

In his words;

“There is a need to understand first of all, that there is no way that we can deal with the tensions between the faiths and ethnicities in Nigeria today unless those in leadership are prepared to make some important sacrifices,”

“Those sacrifices are sacrifices even in what you say, how you say it, and then sacrifices also in the acknowledgment of whatever people are saying and the willingness to accept.”

“These are stories of people who are not only political or religious leaders but just ordinary people, doing the right thing. Unless we are prepared to not just talk about it but to make an open display, first of all, of those who are doing the right things.

According to the Vice-president, “We can all talk nicely and say the right things but unless people are prepared to make some concessions which may cost them popularity within their own group, we cannot move forward

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