The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo yesterday, Tuesday 13th June, met with some Northern leaders comprising of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the National Assembly, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, at the Presidential Villa Abuja where he warned strongly against hate speeches which he said is capable of plunging the country into violent crisis.
In the Acting Presidents words, which in every sense are words of wisdom, ”every stone that is thrown in the marketplace will hit targets that are not even intended. And I want us to behave, and I want us to be always fully conscious of that. I believe that the Nigerian people must be made fully conscious of that so that we do not create crisis that is unintended. ”
Acting President Osinbajo added that “as part of living together, of course, we know that misunderstandings and frustrations will always arise and people will always complain that they are not getting the best part of the deal. but we must be careful to recognize that we can only even begin to talk about getting any part of anything if we are together in peace.”
He added that these days wars do not end, hence all must strive to avoid its occurrence.
The Acting President is embarking on consultations with leaders from the North and their counterparts from the South-East in order to douse tensions in the country following the controversial ultimatum given to Igbos by some Northern youth groups to vacate the North or be forced out by October 1st. The youth groups had issued the threat in expression of their grievance against the continued call by some south-eastern groups for an independent and sovereign state of Biafra.