Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday said it
was sheer madness for anybody occupying public
offices to be looking for money.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari told him
repeatedly that at his age, his only heart’s desire
was to see a great Nigeria.
He said Buhari had no other objective in office than
According to a statement by his Senior Special
Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu
Akande, the Vice-President spoke while receiving a
delegation of Christian Ministers Welfare Initiative
also known as the Pastors’ Forum, Taraba State, at
the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
“This morning, I had a meeting with the President
and he repeated to me twice, he said ‘at my age,
there is only one thing I am looking for, I want to
see a great Nigeria.’ He has no other objective and
I feel very inspired by that,” Osinbajo reportedly
told his guests.
He said anybody who had the opportunity of being
the President of the country should only be
thinking of how to improve the lot of the people.
Osinbajo said, “It is madness for anybody in our
position to be looking for money.
“According to him, God put people in a position of
authority for them to be able to do something for
“I think if any Nigerian gets the chance to be
President of the country, there is nothing he/she is
looking for anymore, except that, while there, you
improve the lot of the people.”
Osinbajo reiterated his position that no economy
could tolerate the level of corruption seen in
Nigeria without the consequence.
He regretted that while Nigerians were being killed
by the Boko Haram fighters, people could not
account for $15bn meant for the purchase of
security equipment to fight the insurgents.
The Vice-President also explained how vandalism
of oil installations had contributed to the recession
being witnessed in the country.
He said Nigeria had lost several millions of barrels
of crude oil due to the activities of militants in the
On power, the Vice-President said the country was
producing 5,000MW of power for the first time by
early 2016, but by February 2016 the Forcados
terminal was destroyed by militants.
As a result of the vandalism, he said 40 per cent of
the gas used to fire the power plants was lost and
the country was down to 2,500MW of power.
He observed that at the time the militants started
blowing up oil and gas installations, the amnesty
stipends were still being paid, insisting that they
went violent because of ongoing investigation of
“Nothing changed, the only reason is that we are
investigating people who have stolen money,”
He added that the country was losing one million
barrels of oil a day, nothing that, that was 60 per
cent of the country’s revenues, and there was
nowhere such an amount of revenue would be lost
that people would not experience economic
challenge and recession.
While expressing optimism that the country would
come out of the recession, Osinbajo stated that
“there is no question at all, God has a reason for
bringing us in at this time and God helping us, we
will see a change in this country.”
He urged the Church and all religious leaders to
stand up against corruption, stressing that if this
government had been doing the right thing by
fighting corruption, the Church should support it.
He also assured his guests that the Federal
Government was working hard to end the problem
of the ravaging herdsmen.
Osinbajo said the President had instructed the
police and the military to act and deal with the
He said those behind the herdsmen’s violence
While calling on honest men in the country to work
together, Osinbajo said God had structured Nigeria
in such a way that no one could dominate another