By EBELE ONUORAH
LAGOS— Former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has charged Nigerians to break the cycle of violent ethnicity whilst calling on leaders of diverse ethnic groups to rise above the temptations and language of prejudice to build understanding and unity.
He made this call at a book presentation and launch, entitled: “Anioma Na Ndigbo, Anyi O Bu Ofu” written by Chief Okonmah Ngo-Martins, at Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, NIIA, in Lagos, recently.
Tinubu, who was the guest speaker, said peaceful co-existence should be a sine-qua-non for all Nigerians to arrest the drift in ethnic relationships in the country.
He said: “If a complex and culturally diverse country like Nigeria is to rightfully advance, we must join hands to call for an end to hostility and begin of a new life of tolerance for one another regardless of ethnicity or place of origin.”
He re-emphasised the importance of togetherness and unity saying: “Each and every one of us has a role to play in stemming this culture of violence founded on intolerance and disrespect for one another’s cultural differences; as peace loving and patriotic citizens, we must not let fear or vengeance rule over us rather we must gather and work in sober unisom to excise this tumor from our national life.”
Tinubu did not fail to acknowledge the togetherness Lagos shares with Ndigbo, stating that they have been active partners in building Lagos to its enviable status.