Again, Osinbajo Wants His 'New Tribe' Of Nigerians Created
The Vice President of Nigeria Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has again emphasised the need to create a 'new tribe' in Nigeria which will promote the ideals of national unity and cohesion.
Professor Osinbajo expressed this view while declaring open a five-day photo exhibition tagged, 'ANISZA’ on Monday in Abuja.
ANISZA is a collaborative project between the Federal Government and the private sector, and it showcases the untold stories of Nigeria’s unity since independence in 1960 via pictures.
“ANISZA” was derived from the first two letters of three indigenous Nigerian languages–Anoko Onu – Igbo word for togetherness; Isokan – Yoruba word for unity; and Zaman Tare – Hausa words for one tribe.
While looking through the collection of photographs on display at the mobile gallery, the Vice President saw two things about the exhibition that he shared with the organisers and people that had come to witness the event.
The first being the deliberate attempt to engage younger Nigerians and the issue of promoting national unity.
Osinbajo added that the second thing that struck him was the idea of casting a vision by reflecting Nigeria’s history via a collection of photographs that told Nigeria’s national story as the victories of unity despite the diversities and dissension.
The vice president said that the pictures he saw included the photograph of the Shitta Bey Mosque, which was headlined by Christian leaders who were gladly invited by Muslim leaders to the mosque.
Osinbajo said he also saw a photograph showing where Christians formed a protective shield of Muslims at prayer in Abuja in 2012 among others.
“It seems to me to be a good time for me to recall an earlier call I have made for a new tribe of Nigerians to build a new Nigeria.
“It is my respected view that to build a new Nigeria, we need a new tribe; one tribe of men and women of all faiths, of all tribes, of all ethnicities committed to a country run on high values; high values of integrity, of hard work, of justice and of love of country.
“A tribe of men and women who are prepared to make the sacrifices and exercise the self-constraint that is crucial for building a healthy society and who are prepared to stick together to fight injustice; to fight corruption; to insist on the rule of law; even when our friends are the receiving end.
"A tribe consisting of professionals, of businessmen, of politicians, of students, of religious leaders and all who believe that a new Nigeria is possible," he said.
He said that the exhibition was a collaboration between the Federal Government represented by the media team in the presidency, the Federal Ministry of Information and the private sector.
The Project Visionary, Novo Isioro, said that the event was Nigeria’s first ever unity photography exhibition.
“On this ground today, we are gathered for one thing; one very important thing; there is a dream which is focused on re-orientating us to a nation that was united; will stay united and will get better," Isioro stated.
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