The Acting President who spoke at the graduation ceremony of the 2017 class of Senior Course 39 of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna state said that Nigeria could build a new nation that is based on trust, consensus and love for one another where every Nigerian is safe, live and work in any part of the country.
He accused the elite of being behind the recent ethnic uprising in the country and the influence of the social media. He said that the great challenge and opportunity before the present generation of Nigeria elite was on how to build a new nation out of the rubble of cynicism, division and suspicions According to him, “We can build a new nation; a new nation built on trust, consensus and love for one another and love for our country .
A nation where the rulers do not steal the commonwealth, where every Nigerian is safe to live and work, where the state takes responsibility for the security of each and every Nigerian, where the state knows every Nigerian by name and can find and locate each one of us.” Delivering a speech that hinged on the current hate-filled agitations being witnessed in the polity, the Acting President observed that the elites were largely to be blamed for the festering negative narratives, saying
“I would like to emphasize the fact that this was essentially an elite phenomenon, unity and disunity are promoted by the elite which the vast majority of the Nigerian people are only later conscripted.” He cautioned against the misuse of democratic right of freedom of speech saying,
“While we must remain irrevocably committed to freedom of expression and the tenets of a free press, we must draw the line between freedom that conduces to healthy democracy and that which threatens and endangers the entire democratic enterprise. It is an important balance that we must strike. Failure in any way will be tragic.”