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HOW TO DEFEAT NIGERIA’S ENEMIES — Ibrahim Gambari

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BROADCASTING AND NIGERIA’S ETHNO-CULTURAL AND RELIGIOUS DIVIDE: BRIDGING THE GAP I feel highly honoured to be invited to deliver the 2018 Annual NBC Lecture and I thank the staff and management of National Commission ably led by its Director General, Mallam Modibbo Kawu for thinking it proper to sustain this tradition. And, I am delighted to share with this distinguished audience my thoughts on the topic given to me by the organizers of this event: “Broadcasting and Nigeria’s Ethno-Cultural and Religious Divide: Bridging the Gap” My presentation would of necessity be in the context of the challenges and options essential for stabilizing the polity and enthroning an enduring peace, national unity and inclusive democratic governance in Nigeria.In this regard, my basic premise and starting point in addressing the subject of this lecture is simple. The real divide in Nigeria is not ethnicity, culture or religion; rather they are the mis-use of these elements and the perpetration of inequality along class and regional lines in our country.  And the gap must be bridged through conscious national integration efforts aimed at promoting unity and equitable socio-economic development and democratic consolidation.In bridging the gap, new messages of national solidarity and strength in our diversity should be escalated to counter the dubious narratives of ethno-cultural and religious divide being perpetrated especially by politicians close to national election times in order to continue to divide and rule the country. I wish to add elements of two other and perhaps more dangerous divide; (a) Violent extremism and terrorism; just as the perpetrators do not respect or recognize national boundaries, they do not respect religious, ethnic or cultural affinities. Hence, we have to unite against and defeat them by adopting and implementing national, regional, continental and global strategies. (b) Growing poverty and economic inequality; figures show that in 1980, those living beneath poverty line constitute 6.2% of our population. The estimate now is that they are up to 44.2% of our total population. Of recent,the UK Prime Minister said their number is 87 million, making Nigeria ‘home to more very poor people than any other nation in the world. In recognition of this ugly situation,  our VP Prof. Osinbajo said that this Administration has committed N500 billion to poverty alleviation. We can do more of course and adopt comprehensive strategies like India and China where millions of their peoples have been lifted out of poverty. Ladies and…

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