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Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday said
it was sheer madness for anybody occupying
public offices to be looking for money.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari told him
repeatedly that at his age, his only heart’s desire
was to see a great Nigeria.
He said Buhari had no other objective in office
than that.
According to a statement by his Senior Special
Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu
Akande, the Vice-President spoke while receiving
a delegation of Christian Ministers Welfare
Initiative also known as the Pastors’ Forum,
Taraba State, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
“This morning, I had a meeting with the
President and he repeated to me twice, he said
‘at my age, there is only one thing I am looking
for, I want to see a great Nigeria.’ He has no
other objective and I feel very inspired by that,”
Osinbajo reportedly told his guests.
He said anybody who had the opportunity of
being the President of the country should only
be thinking of how to improve the lot of the
people.
Osinbajo said, “It is madness for anybody in our
position to be looking for money.
“According to him, God put people in a position
of authority for them to be able to do something
for their people.
“I think if any Nigerian gets the chance to be
President of the country, there is nothing he/she
is looking for anymore, except that, while there,
you improve the lot of the people.”
Osinbajo reiterated his position that no economy
could tolerate the level of corruption seen in
Nigeria without the consequence.
He regretted that while Nigerians were being
killed by the Boko Haram fighters, people could
not account for $15bn meant for the purchase of
security equipment to fight the insurgents.
The Vice-President also explained how vandalism
of oil installations had contributed to the
recession being witnessed in the country.
He said Nigeria had lost several millions of
barrels of crude oil due to the activities of
militants in the Niger Delta.
On power, the Vice-President said the country
was producing 5,000MW of power for the first
time by early 2016, but by February 2016 the
Forcados terminal was destroyed by militants.
As a result of the vandalism, he said 40 per cent
of the gas used to fire the power plants was lost
and the country was down to 2,500MW of power.
He observed that at the time the militants
started blowing up oil and gas installations, the
amnesty stipends were still being paid, insisting
that they went violent because of ongoing
investigation of corrupt persons.
“Nothing changed, the only reason is that we are
investigating people who have stolen money,”
Osinbajo said.
He added that the country was losing one million
barrels of oil a day, nothing that, that was 60 per
cent of the country’s revenues, and there was
nowhere such an amount of revenue would be
lost that people would not experience economic
challenge and recession.
While expressing optimism that the country
would come out of the recession, Osinbajo
stated that “there is no question at all, God has
a reason for bringing us in at this time and God
helping us, we will see a change in this country.”
He urged the Church and all religious leaders to
stand up against corruption, stressing that if this
government had been doing the right thing by
fighting corruption, the Church should support it.
He also assured his guests that the Federal
Government was working hard to end the
problem of the ravaging herdsmen.
Osinbajo said the President had instructed the
police and the military to act and deal with the
herdsmen’s menace.
He said those behind the herdsmen’s violence
were criminals.
While calling on honest men in the country to
work together, Osinbajo said God had structured
Nigeria in such a way that no one could
dominate another.

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