The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has warned Nigerians to resist the temptation of asking to be returned to the era of the past characterised by corruption and ethnic conflicts.
Osinbajo stated this during the 2018 Democracy Day Interdenominational Church Service held at the National Christian Centre, Abuja on Sunday.
Osinbajo said his message for Nigerians at such critical point in the nation’ s history was for them to go forward and refuse to turn back because “ the challenges they see today won ’t be seen again. ”
“As it was with the journey of the Israelites, so it is in the journey of nation-building and development. Our nation is not different. We are on a journey from the past.
“There have been times where the journey is somewhat tough, difficult and even fearful. We looked behind us, we see the armies of the past : the armies of division which led to civil war where many of us died; the armies of religious strife that refused to leave us; the armies of corruption and graft ; those who want us to remain in the captivity of ethnic and religious conflicts , these are the armies of the past.
“But ahead of us , we also see the Red Sea– bloody conflicts and the doom sayers saying the future will be worse than the past. Moses , inspired by God, said to the children of Israel to go forward. He also said ‘Do not be afraid, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians you see today, you shall see no more forever. He will fight for you and you shall hold your peace.’
“So, I say to you brethren in Christ and to you my fellow country men and women, let us go forward, let us not look back.