- Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has declared that a segment of the Nigerian public has the means to change the course of the country.
- Referring to the privileged class of society, the vice president said that if they are determined, they can force positive changes in society.
- The Vice President also noted that Northern Nigeria has a lot to offer the country while hosting a group from the region.
Aso rock – Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN has said Nigerian elites from politicians, religious to business leaders, all good people and people with a vision must come together to make a big difference in Nigeria.
This was the central message that Osinbajo delivered in separate meetings today at the Presidential Villa, first with the new Methodist Archbishop of Abuja, the Most Reverend. Michael Akinwale and the leadership of the Northern Awakening Forum led by the Hon. Mohamed Kumalia.
A statement sent to legit.ng by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, quoted the vice president as saying:
“The elite (religious, political, business) in this country have the same hopes and aspirations. But it is this elite that has been entrusted with the future of this country. It is what these elite do that will make a difference in the lives of the rest of the nation.
“I think the church has a great responsibility indeed. Christ said that we are the salt of the earth, the light of the world.
“The first point of call is how the faith itself responds to the problems of the country. How does Christianity respond, how does the gospel respond to the problems of society?
“Once the religious elite accept that people can do whatever they want, get rich the way they want, then it becomes the culture of society and everyone accepts it as such.”
He thanked the Methodist Church for their prayers for peaceful coexistence in Nigeria.
Osinbajo prayed that the Archbishop’s tenure would be of great benefit to the people of Abuja and the country in general.
In the meeting with the leaders of the Northern Awakening Forum, the Vice President, while affirming his belief in the development of Northern Nigeria, said:
“We have strong people in every state. People who are as bright as anyone anywhere in the world.
“We have also seen the need to build a safe, secure and economically inclusive Northern Nigeria and Nigeria and how that needs to happen. The last few years have shown us that this country is not just north and south.
“This is about good people, people from all over the country who have a vision for this country. And that, like the minds of all regions, all states must come together to do something for our country.
“We have been able to show time and time again that this country should benefit from all its talents and its diversity. What this country needs are minds through faith and states that have the vision to see this country work.”
The forum is made up of professionals, politicians and businessmen from the north.
Values of hard work, honesty, integrity, determine the destiny of nations, says Osinbajo
Remember Vice President Osinbajo recently said that Nigeria can produce the highest quality individuals to run the most efficient governments and private institutions and also imbue itself with a national ethic of hard work, honesty, integrity, trustworthiness, among others.
Osinbajo made the remarks in Abeokuta, Ogun State, while delivering the Baptist Boys High School Centennial Lecture.
He affirmed that an ethical revolution is necessary to accelerate the development of the country and make it a great nation.
Goodluck Jonathan, Kagame, Late Magufuli and others to receive African Icon Award in Kigali
In a related development, former Tanzanian President the late John Magufuli, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and many others will be honored at the inaugural African Heritage Concert and Awards.
The distinguished African personalities would be honored at the event scheduled for Saturday, April 1 in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda.
According to a statement sent to legitimate.ng on Monday, January 9 by the organizers, the event is intended to celebrate and honor personalities of African heritage who have distinguished themselves through notable achievements around the world.