VP Osinbajo advocates unity for nation building

Timothy Choji, Abuja

Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo says unity must continue to exist among citizens of the country, in order to succeed as a nation.

The Vice President, who made the call at the inauguration of the Nigerian Bar Association’s House in Abuja, also said lawyers have a lot to offer the country.

The Vice President said both individuals and the nation must work together and be unified in all they do. Drawing an example from the Biblical story of tower of Babel, the Vice President said with unity, people and nations can achieve anything.

“God himself recognises the power of unity and in that story, it clearly showed that whenever a group of people come together and are united, there is absolutely nothing they cannot achieve,” he said.

Professor Osinbajo said the legal profession is that of integrity and so, lawyers must lead the way in that regard. He added that the entire Judiciary is the foundation of a civilized society.

“A lot of premium is placed on our capacity to do things properly and guide aright. I believe that our profession has a lot to offer to this nation especially in its most difficult times,” Professor Osinbajo stated.

In his remark, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara solicited for more support from the Nigerian Bar Association NBA.

“I urge members of the legal profession to avail the present administration and indeed the nation, benefits of their professional competences in order to fast track the current re-invigorated drive towards the diversification of the economy and returning the nation unto the path of true and sustainable development,” The Speaker appealed.

Dogara congratulated the NBA for the smooth conduct of its election that was held recently, saying the successful use of electronic vote by the Association has set a precedent in Nigeria.

Speaking to Voice of Nigeria, the Governor of Sokoto state, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwa; supported the call for unity by the Vice President.

“The call by the Vice President was well loaded. That is what we need today in Nigeria. The Unity of the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and support for whoever God almighty has given leadership at whatever level, so that together we can deliver and serve our people better,” he advised.

For his side, President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr Augustine Alege thanked all those who contributed to the success of the project, especially the past President of the association, Mr Okey Wal, who started the 2.5 billion naira project in 2013.

There were good will messages from the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the federation, Mr Abubakar Malami and the Governor of Rivers state, Mr Nyesom Wike.