Nigeria’s Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday said Nigerian elites are promoting insecurity in the country.
According to Osinbajo, the elites have been promoting insecurity through their ethnic and regional sentiments, activities and utterances.
The vice-president stated this during the Leadership Newspapers Conference and Awards ceremony held at the International Conference Centre Abuja with the theme: “National and regional insecurity: The role of political and non-political actors in stabilization and consensus building.”
He said elites’ criticism of the activities of government without consideration was a recipe for insurrection and insurgency.
“Some of the elites can’t come to consensus when it comes to insecurity,” he said.
The Vice President added that most of the elites who were promoting ethnic agenda depend on dubious activities in promoting regional and ethnic card.
“The elites use that to acquire more for themselves. The chief weakness that we have is the human one. Our political, economic and religious elites that are so far to be socially irresponsible, either by selfish interest or lack of self awareness are unable to build the social and political consensus upon which a just and orderly society can start.
“And because government must form some consensus, the elites use to paint them dubious one. They promote tribal and religious frontline for legitimacy.”