Dr. Garba Abari, Director-General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) says Nigeria must have a serious conversation on ethnic agitations across the country.
He said this will not only calm nerves, but help proffer workable solutions that would unite people of different divides.
Noting that agitations were part of the challenges of nationhood, he warned that no society can make any meaningful progress without social justice.
Abari spoke in Abuja on Thursday during a meeting two former DGs of the agency – Idi Farouk and Mike Omeri – and some journalists.
The official noted that now was the time for government at all levels to engage Nigerians as currently being done by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.
His words: “We must respect our plurality, we must tolerate one another, we must ensure that social justice reigns and we must also be governed by the rule of law. No society makes progress without social justice and the rule of law.
“These are key ingredients of not only a democratic society but ingredients that make for peaceful coexistence; for harmonious coexistence; for security and of course for development.
“I’ve made this point very clear, that we need to talk as Nigerians; government needs to talk. Government at all levels needs to engage the citizens and that is exactly what the Acting President is doing. This is also what we are doing as an agency of Government”.