Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday advised Nigerians to stop wasting energies and resources on debate about division of the country.
He said he was confident that the nation would remain united.
Osinbajo spoke when he represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the 2017 Eid-el-Kabir Lunch held inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said he was confident of Nigeria’s continued unity because he was convinced that God’s plan for the country was that it would be the pre-eminent black nation in the world.
He said the country would show God’s investment in the black race through its culture, technology and commerce.
The Vice-President said that was why, as of today, there must be a Nigerian among four or five black people, saying that is not a mean attainment.
Osinbajo said, “That nation that God has in mind is a diverse nation; diverse in resources, in ideas and in opinions. The kind of nation that we have, where there is an argument about something everywhere; before you get tired of that lone argument, another one arises and before you finish with that one, there is yet another one.
“This is the type of country that God has ordained; where we have diversity of opinions and ideas – people saying their own things here and there.
“But God has also planned that this country will remain together, and that we will be a nation that is gifted just as we have the oil, gas, and the most arable land than most continents.
“This is a country that has all of what other countries will travel and spend money to look for the sort of resources that we have. All of the tourism resources that we have, people will travel everywhere looking for them.
“It is a nation of men and women so creative and prosperous that we will feed the entire continent and create opportunities for the world. All the different ethnic groups are important in that arrangement. On every ethnicity, incredible minds, brilliant and creative people doing all manner of things.
“Our energies and resources should not be spent again on debate about division. Our manifest destiny is to be a great nation, not to be a nation where we are talking about division.
“We must focus our time, energies and resources on being that great nation that God has called us to be. I think we have started building that country already.”
Osinbajo described the noise across the country as being part of nation building.
He said no woman delivers a baby without some noise and some pains.
“What we are hearing today are the noise and the pains of that great nation that God is about to give birth to,” he said.
Osinbajo also said the Nigerian elite must be ready to make sacrifices necessary for national development the same way Abraham was willing to offer his son, Isaac, as a sacrifice in order to fulfill his destiny and that of his people.
He said the significance of ongoing celebration was the willingness of Abraham to make the great sacrifice of possibly the dearest thing to him.
“The message today is that our nation’s elite, Muslims, Christians and all ethnic groups must recognise that we also must make sacrifices; the sacrifices that are necessary to attain the destiny that God has brought unto our people,” he said.
Both Muslim and Christian leaders attended the lunch.