Nigerian Government should tackle the elemental causes for agitations, President of Africa Development Bank, AFDB, Akinwumi Adesina, has warned.
In Nigeria, numerous ethnic teams have expressed agitations for secession following complaints that the Muhammadu Buhari regime is divisive and oppressive.
Adesina gave the warning on Saturday on the convocation of American University of Nigeria, AUN, Yola, Adamawa state.
The AFDB President additionally known as for open, nationwide dialogues with out precondition.
He recognized ethnic and spiritual variety as strengths, however regretted that not like in Singapore, the identical components are tearing Nigeria aside.
“Nigeria must start managing its diversity for prosperity.
“We should drive for nationwide cohesion, not ethnic nationalities.
“We must address the fundamental reasons for agitations, by listening, understanding, removing prejudices.
“And permitting for open, nationwide dialogues, with out preconditions, however with one objective: construct one cohesive, united, truthful, simply and equitable nation for all, not for just a few or for any part of the nation or faith.
“Nigeria must learn from this experience and forge a new way of engaging among its diverse ethnic groups and religions.
“A nation, unified by a way of frequent wealth, not a collage of ethnic nationalism. A nation pushed my meritocracy, not ethnocracy, religiocracy or aristocracy,” Adesina said.
He noted that the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC was a very good idea: it allowed graduates from tertiary institutions to have one year of national service, largely (ideally) outside of their places of origin.
He nonetheless expressed displeasure that the real test, however, of “national service” is that it often revealed the lack of diversity.
As according to him, “after one yr of service the NYSC graduates are sometimes not capable of achieve employment in governments the place they served, just because they aren’t indigenes of these states.
“That in itself, is an irony!
“The younger graduates are strangers in their very own nation, a rustic they pledged to serve. Opportunity is denied simply because they weren’t born in these states! Even in the event that they have been born in these states, they’re informed to return to the States of their origin”.
In Nigeria, regardless of how long someone may have resided in any place, they cannot run for political offices in those states or locations, just because they were not born there.
State governments, therefore, largely reflect nativism not residency, which further sends a message to non-indigenes that they do not belong.
Over time, this has created greater insularism, splintering, a lack of inclusiveness, and promotion of ethnic and religious discrimination instead of promoting national cohesion, trust and inclusiveness.
“This wants to vary,” Adesina careworn.