Nigeria is stronger together — Osinbajo

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday said the nation is stronger together than apart despite differences in religion, ethnicity, political affiliations, or other diversities.

The Vice President said this at the Interdenominational Church Service for the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration, which held at the National Christian Centre, Abuja.

According to Prof. Osinbajo, who was represented at the Church Service by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Nigerians of all generations and from all walks of life must endeavour to commit to ensuring Nigeria’s unity.

He added that Nigerians “must at every opportunity insist that every great multi-ethnic and multi-religious nation has, through thick and thin, fought to realize the great dividends of diversity and pluralism.”

He restated the need for Nigerians to, as a mark of honour for the sacrifices of the men and women of the Armed Forces show more commitment to the unity of the nation and the task of building a better society.

He said, “the struggle to ensure a more perfect federation is a lifelong enterprise to which each generation must resolutely commit.”

The Vice President, who paid tribute to the departed men and women of the nation’s Armed Forces, observed that their sacrifices embody ultimate patriotism as they laid down their lives in the line of duty.

He recalled the heroism of the late Ms. Tolulope Arotile, who made history in October 2019, when she was winged as Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot in the 55 years of existence of the Nigerian Air Force.

Osinbajo, while also praising the members of the Armed Forces, added that they “laid down their lives in peacekeeping operations on the continent and elsewhere, paid the ultimate price in the fight against the mindless terrorism in the North East, and in defending this land from other threats to security.”