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Nation-building is hardwork, says Osinbajo at forum organised by Diasporans 

Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President

*Restates call for State Police
*NLTP, ranching; How to resolve farmer-herder clashes
*Says FG can’t grab land

The task of building the society desired by all is exerting and requires the contribution of all Nigerians as the challenge for everyone is “to build, not to destroy, to add to, not to take away from,” according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

Prof. Osinbajo made the call at the opening session of an International Conference on Patriotism, Security, Governance and National Development.

The event was organized by Global Patriot Newspapers in collaboration with the Nigerian Consulate in New York and Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation, (NIDO), New Jersey Chapter.

Speaking on the need for citizens to unite in building a better society, the Vice President said “the task of nation-building is exerting and may even appear messy as the process continues, especially in a multi-ethnic and multi-religious nation like Nigeria. It challenges all values, patience and tolerance of citizens, it may even be costly. It is a challenge thrown to everyone, to build, not to destroy, to add to, not to take away from.”

While addressing security concerns, the Vice President restated his advocacy for the decentralization of the Police Force.

According to him, “we must accept that there is a need for greater decentralization of the police force. I have been a frequent advocate of state policing and I believe this certainly must be the way we must go. The National Assembly is in a position to consider some of the proposals that have gone to them for the purposes of devolving more powers to the states for security purposes and for addressing the security challenges.”

Regarding steps taken to address the perennial crisis between farmers and herders, Prof. Osinbajo said the Federal and State governments are committed to the implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP), as developed by consensus of governors under the auspices of the National Economic Council (NEC).

Explaining the initiative, the Vice President said “the NLTP is a comprehensive strategy for addressing farmer/herder conflict essentially by encouraging interested states to establish cattle ranches.”

“The crucial point here is that no community or State is compelled in any shape or form to give land for ranching. Ranching is essentially a business. NLTP is not a land grab in any way. Every state is completely responsible for its land. The Federal Government cannot go to any state and take any land.

“Already 22 States have indicated interest, and pilots, with the support of the Netherlands government, are ongoing in 4 states of Adamawa, Nasarawa, Plateau and Gombe. If we are able to execute the NLPT, we will be able to see an end to the farmer-herder conflicts because the goal is to make livestock breeders more sedentary and derive more financial benefits,” the Vice President added.

Other participants at the meeting were Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, and immediate past President of the United Nations General Assembly, UNGA, Prof. Tijjani Muhammed-Bande; former Senate President and ex- Secretary Government of the Federation, SGF, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, the 2019 Vice Presidential candidate and ex-Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, President of NIDO, Dr Kazeem Bello  among many others.

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  1. The GPN/Nigerian Consulate New York/NIDO virtual conference organised in NJ yesterday is one in a million. It gathered great brains from across most disciplines and the speakers were impressive.

    Just as the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has said, State Police will go a long way to solve national security issues.

    Borrowing also a leaf from what the Chairman/CEO of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NiDCOM, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa said, all must be ready to contribute for the greatness of our country.

    We look forward to more of this type of Conference in no distant future because this is what I believe will keep many problems including hardship and war away from our dear country.

    Many thanks to Pastor Ibe Simon, the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief and all personnel of GPN, including it’s supporters, Ambassador Ben Okoyen, the Consul General, Nigerian Consulate in New York and Dr. Kazeem Bello, the President and all members of NIDO, New Jersey chapter.

    I believe that this type of discussion will reduce agitations, get policy makers focused and we will all have the better country we all desire.

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