Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says it is possible for Nigeria to conquer ethnic and religious prejudices as they are crucial issues in building a unified nation.
Osinbajo made this submission on Monday at the maiden Policy Making and Good Governance Lecture Series of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, near Jos.
The title of the lecture was: “Creating a homeland for all: Nation-building in a diverse democracy.”
The vice-president, who was the Guest Lecturer, said no Nigerian should be discriminated against on the basis of his or her tribe or religion.
Osinbajo condemned the “weaponisation’’ of ethnic or religious biases for political purpose, noting that democratic competition was defined by societal sociocultural cleavages.
“Social integration is one of the highest ideals of Nigeria’s Constitution which guarantees citizens the right to traverse the length and breadth of this country without hindrance.
“The Constitution affirms the right of all Nigerians to not be discriminated against on the basis of their identity.
“Above all, the Constitution holds up integration as a priority.