The business woman, motivational speaker and author made her position known on Thursday in Kaduna at a Town Hall Meeting on National Security.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the town hall meeting with the theme, “Setting Benchmarks for Enhanced Security and National Unity in Nigeria’’ was organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture.
The event was attended by Gov. Nasir el’Rufai of Kaduna State and his Deputy, Dr Hadiza Balarabe while the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed led six other ministers to the meeting.
Awosika who was one of the discussants at the event, said the forefathers, who fought for the independence of Nigeria did not come from the same tribe, rather from diverse background.
The discussant who joined the town hall meeting virtually said Nigeria was not the only country made up of combination of many tribes, ethnic groups, culture and tradition.
“One of the blessings is that the combination that created Nigeria presented us the opportunity in terms of talents, diversity, natural and human resources that were brought to the table.
“When you look at what Nigeria state represents in terms of the size of market and population, the country is richly blessed,’’ she said.
She said every Nigerian desired to be able “to live in peace, want food on their table while every father and mother want to provide for their household.
“Everyone want to be able to meet their obligation, educate their children and have opportunity for health facility when they need it and have a peaceful coexistence with their people.’’
She recalled her youthful age as a young Nigerian raised in a Muslim home with huge Islamic heritage but later converted to Christianity,
She said as a Christian, many of her family members, friends, business associates are Muslims and they live in peace and harmony.
Awosika blamed the political leaders for not doing enough and for playing politics with the issue of disintegration.
“I challenge the political class to review the approach of gaining power to understand that we cannot attain leadership at all cost.’’
Awosika concurred with Prof. Jubrin Ibrahim, the lead presenter at the event that farmers-herdsmen clashes was being largely fueled by economic activities engendered by space.
She therefore, suggested that the private sector should be encouraged to actively engaged in livestock and meat production business.
In encouraging this, she said the government should remove all of the barriers that had resulted from the traditional limitation of the sector.
Awosika also underscored the need to invest in education to grow democracy as well as the need for Nigerians to challenge the political class and make them accountable.
Other discussants at the event were Prof Saka Nuru, Prof (Mrs) Kokunre Eghafona and Prof. Chudi Uwazuruike who also joined the meeting virtually. (NAN)