Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has called out Nigerian leaders and politicians irrespective of political party to speak out against the current security challenges in the country.
Osinbajo, who spoke at an interactive session between Anambra state APC Patriots and the party’s governoship aspirants from the state in Abuja regretted that prominent Nigerians and political leaders have kept mute while the country has been put on flame by terrorists and their criminal activities in almost all the states and zones.
The Vice president warned that Nigeria cannot afford another civil war, adding that nobody irrespective of position and status if the terrorists succeed in unleashing terror and war on the country.
“The thing about the kind of conflict in this part of the world, developing countries, is that it is usually a war without end.
“Everyone who thinks he has some money stored up somewhere will eventually run out of money.
“Everyone who thinks he can go and hide somewhere won’t even find a place to hide, at the end, everyone will suffer.
“Even if you don’t suffer, parents, children, young and old people and relations will suffer. We cannot afford a war in this country, we can`t afford it,’’ he said.
Osinbajo said the political elite must rise up to the challenge by speaking the truth and taking actions to address the situation in the country.
“I pray that our country will never know conflict, but I know that every conflict is a result of elite failure to speak up the truth and tell the truth to their communities.
“At the end of the day, it is the political elite that determines what happens in every society, keeping quiet could lead to a more dangerous situation,” he said.
The Vice President said that the elite could make a great difference just by the words they speak.
“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 ways.
“And when this happens, we will find ourselves running helter-skelter,’’ Osinbajo said.
He, therefore, urged political elites in the country to always speak up and stand for the interest of the country and the general public.