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‘’When we speak in  unity it
means a lot to be sustained, one of which is that we must ensure equality irrespective
of our ethnic background so as to ensure continued peace, unity of any nation
with heterogenic background such as Nigeria’’
This was contained in message the United States Ambassador to Nigeria Mr.
Stuart Symington Submits in Benin when he was hosted by Governor Godwin Obaseki
at a dinner.


He was in Benin City for an exhibition of photographs by Chief S. O.
Alonge, a photographer of the Royal Court of Benin, organised by the United
States Diplomatic Mission and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art
at the National Museum, Benin City, Edo State.
 Mr. Symington who also paid a
visit to the Internally Displaced Peoples camp in Ohugua, Ovia North East Local
Government Area of Edo state said with Nigeria’s population projected to climb
to 450 million by 2050 amid concerns of rising youth restiveness and other
socio-economic implications, the country would stand a better chance to exploit
its potential by giving priority to justice administration, girl-child
education and delivery of good governance.

 According to
him, despite the challenges that may come with a huge population, the onus lies
on Nigerian leaders to carve a positive narrative for the country by being
benevolent in handling issues of development and justice administration, adding
that there was need to embrace everyone irrespective of where they come from,
as members of a united Nigeria.

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