Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said that if the country breaks down, Nigerians would be the ones to lose.
The vice president said this when he received the national executive of the Nigerian Union of Journalists NUJ, in the presidential villa in Abuja, in a statement released by his spokesman, Laolu Akande. The national executive of the NUJ was led to the presidential mansion by Chris Isiguzo, president of the union.
During the reception of the journalists, Osinbajo said that it is necessary to promote the message of unity in the country and advised journalists to be professional in fulfilling their duties.
“This country is ours, whether we are journalists, politicians or religious. The country is ours and we must do everything to ensure that the country remains safe, secure and united, and this is so important.
Thank you for your civic vigilance, for the very kind words you have spoken about Nigeria and for remaining firm in your belief in the rule of law and freedom of the press in the country.
As I keep saying, the elite in our country, those of us who have benefited from education, positions and everything in between, owe to millions of people who are poor, who have no access and no voice, the duty to make sure we don’t let things get worse for them.
There are so many countries facing a national challenge and where there are people ready to subvert the whole republic, the press actively works with the government to ensure that the information space is protected in such a way that people who want to subvert the republic they are not authorized to do so.
But I think it’s important, because your voices as respected members of the fourth estate of the kingdom, your voices are very important in moderating the kind of opinions we constantly hear that ultimately, (if you’re not careful) subvert politics.
It is important for us to continue to emphasize that the unity of this country is crucial, because if this country breaks down in some way or becomes the object of what some people want it to be, we will all be lost. Obviously, the elite will survive in any way, but the vast majority of our people will not.
Therefore, I urge that we should do as much as possible in our spaces that we occupy to continue to emphasize that we cannot afford a situation where the national unity of this country is compromised, or where the country is the scene of conflicts and all sorts of insurrections and crimes “.
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