Worried by divisive tendencies among Nigerians, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) has urged Nigerians to shun threats to the country’s unity and peace.
According to him, any attempt to destroy the unity that the citizens had lived and worked for should be resisted.
Osinbajo spoke at the revalidation of his membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at Ward 1, Unit 3, Egunrege, Ikenne, in Ogun State.
The vice-president said that government would continue to attend to the cries of communities for justice, equity and fairness, adding that the nation was stronger together than apart.
Describing the security challenges facing the country as surmountable, Osinbajo said: “We are in government at one of the most challenging times in history.
“The pandemic has made matters worse, and we have also had security challenges that have stretched our law enforcement capacities all over the country.
“What we must ensure are prosecution of all those who have been arrested for kidnapping, banditry and all other forms of criminalities. There must be evidence that justice is being done.
“This is achievable by stronger collaboration between the police, states’ Ministries of Justice and the Federal Ministry of Justice.”
On the appointments of new service chiefs, he said:;”With the new Service Chiefs, we have a fresh set of eyes, intellect, skills and a fresh look at strategies against the insurgency in the North East as well as banditry and kidnapping elsewhere.
“In this new approach much greater emphasis is being placed on technology for surveillance, intelligence gathering and attack.”
Osinbajo called for the need to strengthen community policing structures across the country.
“States must continually train, educate and formalise their local security structures so that they can complement the Federal law enforcement agencies.”
On the ongoing APC membership revalidation, he said he was pleased to participate in the exercise.
“Permit me to welcome you all to Ikenne my home town and more importantly the home town of Papa Obafemi Awolowo, the father and progenitor of the great movement that we call ‘the progressives’ today.
“It is on the broad shoulders of the social democratic philosophies of the maximum happiness and well being of all the people that we in our great party, the APC, stand firmly and confidently today.
“Party registration/revalidation is important because it offers us an opportunity to have a credible roll of members such that we are able to reach our members from the polling booth level all the way to the wards, local government, and federal constituencies.
“Why do we want to reach our people?
The people are the party and the party is the people. Ours is a grassroots party; a party of the people. Our focus is on the welfare, prosperity and wellbeing of all our people,” Osinbajo said.
Ogun Gov. Dapo Abiodun assured that the registration and revalidation exercise would be successful in the state.
He promised that new members would be mobilised for the the exercise.