As a developing nation with lofty dreams, I would rather be here inaugurating a committee on development initiatives. But this is the unfortunate situation where we have found ourselves because of the lawless acts of a few misguided individuals who are shedding the blood of innocent people in our Nation.

Nigeria has not always been like this. In the past, it is true, we had communal and sectarian clashes. There is no human society that
has been insulated from conflicts. But as a people created by God, we have managed to live within the realities of our challenges and have worked hard to strengthen the bond of our togetherness.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is an opportunity for us to prove to the world that evil cannot prevail over good. It is an opportunity to prove that we are our brother’s and sister’s keeper. We are born to love not to hate; we are born to build and not to bomb; we are born to heal and not to kill; we are born to salvage and not to savage.