Osinbajo names elite, graft, tribalism, others as nation’s real enemies
Vice President Yemi Osibanjo has identified the elites corruption, tribalism, religion and other parochial interests as the real enemies to the nation’s quest for peace, unity and development.
Speaking yesterday in Yenagoa at the dedication of a 10,000-seater ecumenical centre built by Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, Osinbajo noted that the country was on a threshold of the most trying time in her history.
Represented by the Chaplain of Aso Rock, Pastor Seyi Malamo, the Vice President said the nation had been presented with the biggest opportunity to build and become Africa’s largest economy not only by GDP but also in efficiency and productivity.
His words: “The building being commissioned today is the house of God. We stand on the threshold of perhaps the most significant moment in the history of Nigeria. It is a time for economic challenges, ethnic and religious tensions. I say that we stand on a threshold of the most significant moment in our history, a time to build.
“It is a time when by sheer grace of God, we have the greatest opportunity to build and become not just Africa’s largest economy by GDP but also the most efficient and most productive.
“By 2050, Nigeria will be the fourth largest nation by population in the world and we can like China, also become one of the most 10 successful economies in the world.
“This is our best moment because we have shown that despite the lowest earnings from oil in the past 15 years, we can still build and be involved in capital projects. How is that possible? It is by the grace of God and a commitment to build.”
He continued: “We have shown that as difficult and painful as recession might be, we have the capacity to come out of it and begin the building of an economy that emphasizes productivity and will provide enough jobs. We are in the pains of childbirth and we will soon experience the same sweetness and joy of childbirth.”
Also yesterday, the Personal Assistant to the President on Social Media, Mrs. Lauretta Onochie, said corruption still stinks despite concerted efforts by the current administration to eradicate the menace.
She noted that without the cooperation of Nigerians, ongoing efforts to tame graft would remain futile.
Onochie, who spoke at the second yearly international conference of the Progressive Solidarity Forum (PSF) in Abuja, regretted that some people were yet to key into the policies of the Federal Government.
She stated that the attitude was encouraging corruption in the polity.
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