Osinbajo Reveals Buhari’s Only Dream
BEVERLY HILLS, September 30, (THEWILL) – President Muhammadu Buhari has told his deputy, Professor Yemi Osinbajo that his greatest dream is to see the emergence of a greater and more prosperous Nigeria from the current crisis situation.
The Vice President explained that his principal disclosed this to him during a meeting on Thursday, stressing that despite the present situation in the country, the President's only objective was to make necessary sacrifice that will make Nigeria great again.
“At my age, there is only one thing I am looking for. I want to see a great Nigeria,” he quoted the President as saying.
Osinbajo, who was speaking with a delegation of Christian Ministers' Welfare Initiative known as the Pastors' Forum, Taraba State, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, disclosed that, “This morning, I had a meeting with the President and he repeated to me twice. I feel very inspired by that”.
While stating that the President reaffirmed his commitment to a great Nigeria where peace and justice reigned, the Vice President said, “It is madness for anybody in our position to be looking for money. God put people in positions of authority for them 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 to improve the lot of the people while there,” he noted.
Osinbajo, who attributed the current economic situation in the country to corruption and official graft, averred that no economy would tolerate the level of corruption in Nigeria without consequences.
“Nigerian lives were being lost and yet people cannot account for $15 billion meant for purchase of security equipment to fight the insurgents,” he said.
On how vandalism of oil installations contribute to the current economic recession the country is facing, the Vice President pointed out that Nigeria lost millions of barrels of crude oil due to the activities of militants in the Niger Delta.
He explained that in early 2016, the country was generating 5,000 MW of electricity, adding that about 40 per cent of the gas used to fire the power plants was lost and electricity supply was cut down to about 2,500MW due to the destruction of Forcados terminal by militants.
He said the vandalism of oil facilities cost the country loss of over one million barrels of oil a day, and about 60 per cent of the country's revenues.
“There is nowhere such amount of revenue is lost without the country going into some economic challenges like the current recession,” he noted.
Osinbajo, who expressed optimism that the country would soon come out of the recession, said; “there is no question at all; God has a reason for bringing us in at this time. God helping us, we will see a change in this country.”
He called on the Church and religious leaders to stand up against corruption, pointing out that: “If this government is doing the right thing by fighting corruption the Church should support it”.