FG not deaf to demands,’ll address all grievances – Yemi Osinbajo assures Nigerians

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has declared the readiness of the Presidency to widen the scope of the on going consultations over the numerous grievances by various sections of the country.

He said that the Muham­madu Buhari administration was ever willing to address all thorny issues and chal­lenges.
Osinbajo, who had re­cently met separately and jointly with Southern and Northern political/tradi­tional rulers and media ex­ecutives over the ethnic ten­sions fuelled by threats and counter-threats by groups and individuals, implored the actors to be more civil and responsible in their ag­itations.
The ethnic agitations climaxed recently in a strident call for pro-Biafra secession by some youth from the South East and an ultimatum by Northern youths for South Easterners living in the North to leave the region by October 1, 2017.

In a statement issued by his office yesterday, which summarised the conclusions of the closed-door meetings between the Acting President and the stakeholders, Osinba­jo assured Nigerians that “the Buhari administration is not deaf to grievances in parts of the country”, but cautioned that “while the government addresses them, such griev­ances should be expressed with grace.”In the statement, which was signed by his spokesman, Mr. Laolu Akande, the Acting President explained that “the meetings were convened to provide a platform for frank and open discussions between the concerned stakeholders and by extension the Nigeri­an public on issues relating to the unity, peace and security of country.”
“While these sets of con­sultations were concluded last week, the Presidency will con­tinue to actively engage with different segments of the Ni­gerian population at different stages and format in the near future.”

Osinbajo said that the meetings, which he presided over, reached agreements on a number of issues and con­demned all the hateful and divisive rhetoric by the con­cerned groups of Northern and South Eastern youths.
He added that the meet­ings affirmed the primacy of the Constitution of the Fed­eral Republic of Nigeria, the ultimate basis for the uni­ty of Nigeria, stressing that the Constitution guarantees freedom of residence and of movement for all Nigeri­ans anywhere in the country, without fear of discrimination or prejudice.

According to him the meetings also affirmed the need to draw a line between the freedom of expression guaranteed by the Constitu­tion and the degeneration of such expression into hateful rhetoric, prejudice and hatred and warned that under no cir­cumstances will the govern­ment condone or tolerate hate speeches in any way or form.
Osinbajo further said that the meetings affirmed the necessity of confronting all grievances and frustrations head-on, however, uncom­fortable that might seem now; instead of ignoring issues and allowing them to fester.
Similarly, the meeting stressed the need for all lead­ers and elders, regardless of political or ideological per­suasion, to speak out more forcefully to counter divisive and hate speech and any form of warmongering.

The Acting President re­called that the meetings were with Northern Leaders of Thought: Tuesday, 13th June, 2017; South East Leaders of Thought: Wednesday, 14th June, 2017; South East Tra­ditional Rulers: Sunday, 18th June, 2017; Northern Tradi­tional Rulers: Tuesday, 20th June, 2017; All State Gover­nors: Wednesday, 21st June, 2017; and Media Publishers and Editors: Thursday 22nd June, 2017.
Osinbajo expressed ap­preciation to all the Nige­rian leaders for their time and commitment to the uni­ty, peace and progress of the country.
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