Osinbajo made this appeal in a keynote address at the Leadership Conference and Awards 2020 in Abuja.
He praised the board and management of the Leadership Newspapers and their staff for creating a forum for such a dialogue.
Osinbajo said the meeting took place amid economic adversity, inflamed fault lines and social resentment.
The uprisings in the northeast, kidnappings and terrorist attacks in the northwest, and threats of secession in the southeast and Southwest.
He said that in the face of all the challenges, the theme of the conference, “National and Regional Insecurity: The Role of Political and Non-Political Actors in Stabilization and Consensus-Building” was clearly inspired.
” In considering the theme of this event, it is worth noting that when examining the concepts of national and regional security, there is often a tendency for the discourse about the machinations and intrigues of external ly-generated vulnerabilities, external opponents.
“So we argue that the problem of state fragility in Africa stems from the colonial origins of its nation-states, the notion that Nigeria is hasty and arbitrary cobbled together patchwork of mutually alienated kingdoms and, as a result, plagued by fundamental challenges ingrained in its creation. African nation-states are not the unchanging obstacle to nation-building they are portrayed as In any case, there is much scientific evidence and research to show that our ethnic nations share a long history of trade, diplomacy, migration and conflict – all of which ensured that we were not strangers to each other when the colonialists arrived. “
He said that the external founding cited by the Nigerians e because reasons for problems could not thrive in the city without serious internal weaknesses.
In his opinion, the main weakness is a human one – the elite, the political, economic and religious elite.
“An elite that has so far proven to be socially irresponsible; one that, either out of selfishness, negligence or ignorance or a lack of self-confidence, has so far not been able to build the institutions and, above all, the social and political consensus on which a just and orderly society can stand.
“And because dominance has to be based on a certain consensus, the elite depends on a dubious one, promoting tribal and religious fault lines in order to gain legitimacy.
” So where are we today? At the national and regional levels we see challenges to the national order driven by a profound and ubiquitous sense of exclusion and marginalization.
“And I’m not talking about ethnic or religious marginalization that is really different Elite dogs whisper that they are struggling to gain more prey.
“I am talking about a separation between the dispossessed, who have no hope, and the dispossessed, who seem to have everything.
< p> “The attacks that we see on law and order are thus themselves symptomatic and are driven by emerging criticism of the structure of the order itself.”
The Vice President said that rejection of formal institutions could be driven by ideas of religious obligations, ethnic identity and generational antipathies, a That could only be superficial.
“They have in common that they are models of solidarity for those who have no part in an orderly society because such a society offers them nothing and basically a violent and irreconcilable one Opposition is to a system that few seem to prefer.
“The realization that the system is not working optimally for many of our people should inspire a broad reform movement working to re-establish the current order calibrate them and make them more tailored to the aspirations of our people.
“Of course the cost of reforming the system is considerable, but it is certainly much lower than the cost of destroying the system in the hope that it will can somehow be built from scratch.
“This is a risk that we as a nation cannot afford.” Essentially, consensus building is about finding an acceptable “middle ground” between controversial options for solving problems.
He said that when properly agreed, this leads to harmony, balance and stability and mechanisms to induce pacification in political crises and conflicts.
Buildings that threaten the peace and security posed by society itself must be addressed.
Osinbajo said that the abandonment of the Elite consisted in renewing the social contract, creating more inclusive institutions, growing the economy and creating opportunities for the population.
d inciting voices in our midst while the voices of reason are marginalized.
< p> “The political elite must accept through politics and action that the purpose of power must be to improve the lives of those we serve and whom we give great hope to our young people the future, ”he said.
He said that in times of crisis people learn in solidarity and learn again the importance of pulling together.
Osinbajo said that the old rigid dichotomies between state, market and civil society no longer applied.