Nigeria may break up if the cracks that are currently present are not fixed, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has said.

He referenced a story from the Bible where the walls of Jerusalem were broken, pointing out that Nigeria’s walls – which signifies peace, security, contentment and prosperity – haven’t yet been broken but have cracks.

The vice president, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, made the call at a church service held to commemorate Nigeria’s 60th Independence anniversary at the National Ecumenical Centre in Abuja on Sunday, according to a report by Punch newspaper.

“Fortunately for us, our walls are not yet broken but there are obvious cracks that could lead to a break if not properly addressed.

“Nehemiah started with fervent prayers, seeking the face of God and pleaded with his king to allow him return to Jerusalem to rebuild the broken walls because wall signifies peace, security, contentment and prosperity. It signifies the essence of the state of the nation.

Yemi Osinbajo

Mr Osinbajo’s call comes about two weeks after former president, Olusegun Obasanjo said Nigeria is slowly becoming a failed, divided state.

The ex-president who said he has never seen the country in such a bad state, blamed the current status of the country on poor management of the nation’s diversity.

While he also warned against the call for war and secession, Mr Obasanjo had said for Nigeria to successfully tackle its challenges, the problem of disunity must first be addressed.

Mr Obasanjo was attacked by the presidency and presidential aides for his statement.