There Is Hope For A New Nigeria, Vice President Osinbajo Tells Nigerians In Addis Ababa
BEVERLY HILLS, July 16, (THEWILL) – Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said on Tuesday that a new Nigeria is emerging but it will require the commitment of all Nigerians.
He stated this during an interactive session he held with Nigerians based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Tuesday night.
The Vice President was in Ethiopia for the 3rd international conference on Financing for Development hosted by the United Nations at the Ethiopian capital and had his first meeting with Nigerians abroad after the assumption of office.
At the meeting hosted by the Nigeria’s Envoy to Ethiopia and the African Union, Ambassador Usman Baraya, the Vice President said “there is so much hope and expectations. A new Nigeria is happening, we are going to see a new Nigeria.”
According to him, “the reason why I am so convinced is because everyone of us one way or the other believe that there should be a change. I am not saying those who voted for President Muhammadu Buhari and myself, even if it was the other government, everyone of us expected some kind of change.”
He noted that Nigerians are committed to the “good of our nation, it is the only place we can call home and there is no reason why it cannot be the best place in the world.”
Continuing Vice President Osinbajo said “the President and I are committed to the good of Nigeria. Our country deserves the very best and does not deserve what it has got for so many years.”
Prof. Osinbajo recalled the level of hope and expectations from Nigerians during the campaign, narrating how people showed that hope, even to the then presidential candidate Buhari and himself, including “when poor people were offering us small amounts of money because they believed and expected a better Nigeria. Even in poverty, Nigerians are noble.”
Reiterating the President’s determination to deliver the change promised during the campaigns, VP Osinbajo assured that the new administration would ensure that things are done very well.
“The ideas are there, we just need to do a good job with implementation, and that is what we shall do,” he said.
Asked about the current workers’ salary bail-out by President Muhammadu Buhari, the VP clarified again that the monies from the Excess Crude Account was not used but proceeds in dividends and taxes from the NLNG were released for sharing.
Specifically, the Vice President explained the bail-out package approved by President Buhari is a three-pronged relief package that will end the workers plight.
During the interaction, many of the Nigerians in attendance expressed confidence in the Buhari presidency, noting that the new government has re-energised and motivated Nigerians to support the President in taking Nigeria to where it belongs.
Among dignitaries at the interaction were the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Anastasia Mabi Daniel-Nwaobi, Nigeria’s Envoy to Ethiopia, Ambassador Usman Baraya, Professor Babatunde Osotimehim, the Executive Director of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, UNFPA, Nigeria’s Deputy Permanent Representative at the United Nations, Ambassador Usman Sarki and Dr. Mansur Muhtar, former Finance Minister among others.