Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo has made it clear that Nigeria can never go back to the old way of doing things that had landed the country into a haven for corruption. He said that the Muhammadu Buhari government is ever determined to institute a new culture of probity and accountability in governance.
The Vice President who spoke today at The Platform, a public engagement forum organized by the Covenant Church led by Pastor Poju Oyemade, noted that nearly after a year in office, there appeared to be many problems “and many have asked where is the change? Is this the change we voted for? Even some fifth columnists in our midst have suggested bring back corruption.”
Professor Osinbajo said: “the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is completely and irrevocably committed to change. We believe that though it may not be easy, though the early signs may be confusing and sometimes discouraging, there has never been a better opportunity than now to turn the country in the direction of success.”
According to him, “today we have the best opportunity in decades for profound change. It is an opportunity in a generation. A revolution whose time has come!”
The Vice President asked again: “can this change happen?”and answered: “yes it can! Yes it must! What do you have in your hands to make it happen? We have a country that is tired of corruption, tired of leadership without values, tired of an economy that is neither designed to accommodate enterprise, nor to create opportunity and wealth for the majority.”
He said that the “new day in Aso Rock” is that of a Presidency that is committed to ensuring a departure from the past culture of corruption and profligacy in government, even as he averred that “the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is completely and irrevocably committed to the Change promised Nigerians.”
Speaking on the theme: ‘What do we have in our hands, tapping into dead capital” Professor. Osinbajo said: “We have a leadership, a leader that is ready to challenge the rotten system, one that has said he is ready to kill corruption rather let corruption kill us.
“We believe that though it may not be easy, though the early signs may be confusing and sometimes discouraging, there has never been a better opportunity than now to turn the country in the direction of success.”
He said that the Federal Government is not unaware of the nation’s challenges, but that the youths must believe the problems facing the nation in the area of power, availability of petroleum products, infrastructure and agriculture are surmountable and resolvable.
Vice President Osinbajo said that the key to change and the future prosperity lies in innovation that is critical to development.” [myad]