By Christiana Ekpa
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has said that, the strength of Nigeria with a population of about 200 million people lies in its diversity.
Saraki who made this known at a Public Hearing organised by Senate Committee on Information and National Orientation held in Abuja on Monday, urged Nigerians to embrace the cultural diversities abound in the country.
Saraki represented by Sen. Philip Aduda said: “if we could be more tolerant of our differences and see ourselves as brothers and sisters, it will be difficult to rise against one another.”
He noted that the National orientation Agency (NOA) Amendment Bill sought to provide a framework for the activities of Global Initiative for Harmony in Nigeria Corps under the supervision of the Director-General of NOA.
Saraki raised concerns that Nigeria was faced with a disturbing level of violence, mutual suspicion among ethnic groups and a general lack of believe in government by its citizens.
“We cannot continue in this direction if we truly want to achieve greatness as a nation.
“The NOA is the body tasked with communicating government policies, staying abreast of public opinion and promoting patriotism and national development.”
He said increasing the capacity of the agency would result to taking concrete steps toward promoting global initiative for harmony in Nigeria.
The president of the senate opined that Nigeria would be one of the best places in the world when its people became instruments and promoters of peaceful coexistence.
In his remarks, Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Suleiman Adokwe said the corps was more or less a voluntary organization that sought to create orderliness in the society.