Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday at a conference attended by over 1000 pastors in Lagos has declared that in his opinion, corruption, tribalism and religion are the key problems hampering Nigeria’s development.
Osinbajo also talked on restructuring of Nigeria and agreed that “states should have more opportunities to develop themselves’’.
Osinbajo also said that “What Nigeria needs is already written in the gospel of Jesus Christ. “We need people of integrity, hard work and people with love for the country. It is this tribe that can configure the argument for change in Nigeria. The corrupt Nigerian elites are one tribe. In sharing their loot, they neither bring in ethnicity nor religion but only use such to create misunderstandings that will benefit themselves.
“The reason Nigeria is where it is today is because people do not really care. It is time people should stand up for what is right and join the fight against corruption.
“Corruption has become the rule in Nigeria and this must stop. It did not start with this administration and it is yet to stop.
On the Fulani herdsmen palaver, the vice-president said that “contrary to opinions that it began because the president is Fulani, in 1996, there were issues between herdsmen and some communities in Gombe.
“This issue has been on through the years. Giving the impression that it is a phenomenon because a Fulani man is president is wrong.
“Even in 2014, there were reported herdsmen issues in Nigeria.”
On alleged lop-sided appointments in the country, Osinbajo said it was time that Nigerians begun to look at merit rather than tribe or religion.
“It is easy to say that appointments are lop-sided if one set of appointments come or that it is not balanced. It is on record that Ogun State has the highest number of heads of agencies and parastatals in Nigeria, followed by Imo.
“Borno, Sokoto and Yobe States that voted heavily for the APC in the 2015 presidential election do not have a senior minister in the administration.
% that the north is favoured or better because the president is from there will have a re-think when they visit northern Nigeria.
“The north is the poorest part of Nigeria in every way. There are over 2.3 million displaced people. The north is ravaged by diseases and Boko Haram.
“Many people’s perception will change if they visited the north.’’
Commenting on an alleged plan by the present administration to start taxing churches, Osinbajo said that a bill on the issue was sponsored by some civil society groups. “The bill is currently being debated in the National Assembly. There is no plan by the government to get churches to pay tax.’’
On the Islamic Development Bank, he explained that Nigeria did not become a member of the bank during the present administration.
“Buhari does not own the bank. Nigeria became a member in 2008. The first and present directors of the bank are Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Kemi Adeosun and Okonjo-Iweala and Kemi Adeosun and they are Christians.
“Nigeria is just a shareholder and like any business we make use of the profit we get from there.”