Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Monday, October 05, 2015

Maybe we should talk about this more often

I doubt that anyone has to remind Nigerians (or comparative government students) of the cleavages in Nigerian society. On the 55th anniversary of Nigeria's independence, the vice president does just that. Perhaps people do need to talk about these divisions more often.

Stop Politicising Terrorism, Osinbajo Tells Nigerians
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Sunday, urged Nigerians to stop playing politics with terrorism as such tragedies do not discriminate according to tribe or religion.

Yemi Osinbajo
Speaking during an interdenominational church service to mark the nation's 55th Independence Anniversary at the National Christian Centre in Abuja, Osinbajo, lamented a situation where Nigerians are divided along religious and tribal lines, quoting the biblical injunction that a kingdom or city divided against itself would remain desolate and stand…

"Our country's major problem is the fact that at the end of the day, we play politics with anything. We play politics with religion, with tribe but the fate of the vast majority of our people, the 110 million extremely poor people, is not the concern of anyone," he said.

He observed that "bombs of terrorists do not discriminate along religious and tribal lines, warning Nigerians and religious leaders against simplifying terrorism in Nigeria in the context of Christian or Muslim "disagreement."…

Catholic Bishop of Kafanchan Diocese, Joseph Bagobori… spoke of the need to make Nigeria work in an atmosphere of religious tolerance, noting that despite many threats to national unity and predictions of collapse and disintegration, God has kept the country one, a good reason for Nigerians to recommit themselves to the continuous growth and survival of the nation…

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