Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has expressed that Nigerian leaders must be ready to risk their popularity â€” like Nelson Mandela, South Africaâ€™s first black president â€” to promote peace in the country.
He stated this while speaking when he received a delegation of the Muslim Public Affairs Centre (MPAC), on Monday.
Osinbajo stated that leaders must understand the value of respectful non-violent communication in ensuring that conflicts do not degenerate into violence.
The vice-president advised leaders to emulate Mandela and Abdullahi Abubakar â€” a cleric who saved over 200 Christians during a religious crisis in Plateau state in 2018 â€” in using their positions to address ethno-religious crises in the country.
â€œThose sacrifices are sacrifices, even in what you say, how you say it, and then sacrifices also in the acknowledgment of whatever people are saying and the willingness to accept,â€