Acting Nigerian President Yemi Osinbajo has likened the country to being in a marriage, saying like most married couples, Nigeria has had its ups and downs, but what is of the utmost importance is the dedication of everyone in the relationship to the success of the union.

Osinbajo spoke in Ibadan last Saturday at the wedding reception for the daughter of former interim national chairman of All Progressives Congress, Chief Bisi Akande.

The vice president admopnished the new couple, Wuraola and her husband, Dr Olawale Solabi, and urged them to uphold the tenets of the marriage institution, and said divorce was not an acceptable option.

Osinbajo’s advice came against a background of rising ethnic tensions following an order on Tuesday by a previously unknown coalition of youth groups in the North, telling Igbo resident in the region to leave before October 1 or get ready to be forced to quit. Reiterating their position, in the same Kaduna venue of their earlier meeting, the groups alleged that the Igbo had already carved out a country for themselves and should, thus, be allowed to go.

Addressing the newly married couple, the acting president said, “Today is a special one for Wale and Wura. Marriage is a very large institution that requires a lot of prayers.

“It is the same marriage that nations go through. Our nation has been in marriage for a while now. Sometimes there are quarrels within that marriage. Sometimes there is disagreement. What is important is that you must remain together. You must remain united.”

“We must rise up to make a statement on what is happening. We will be failing if we do not do something that will reassure the people on the need for one Nigeria. We are greater being together than going our separate ways.”


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