Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says a huge country with the security challenges, Nigeria needs to ramp up resources and use of technology as well as get more military platforms and arms and ammunition. The vice president said that all of these were now in progress.
Osinbajo, according to a statement yesterday by his spokesman, said this Saturday evening at the Presidential Villa when he received a delegation from the Christ Apostolic Church, (CAC) led by its president, Pastor Samuel Oladele.
Osinbajo recalled that the Tucano fighter jets which the Federal Government ordered and for which it fully paid over $469 million about four years ago only got delivered last year.
He also stated that the government was reconfiguring the country’s security, “local ammunition manufacturing is on the cards and a lot of work is going on. We pray we see some of the results soon.” He said: “Our country has potential if we can keep having honest leadership.
When I decided I will run for office, I thought, let’s even put our minds to it. I have seen it for 7 years and I know it can be done” The statement quoted Pastor Oladele as asking President Muhammadu Buhari to do more for peace and prosperity of Nigeria.
The statement said Osinbajo, at a symposium oby the Wardens’ Unit of Cherubim & Seraphim Movement Church, Surulere District, Ayo Ni O in Lagos on Saturday morning, also urged all faith leaders in the country to inspire the right values and greatness of the nation in their leadership roles. “This is particularly so, according to him, because the church and other faith leaders have played key roles in nation-building and in the development of public and private institutions for many decades in Nigeria and such should continue.”
He said with endemic corruption, among other societal vices that had dogged the nation for decades, the church must rediscover its role as a shaper of values.”
He added: “The fate of Nigeria rests in the aggregated efforts of ordinary people doing the best they can, where they can. That as citizens in a democracy they have the power to direct the course of the nation by engaging the electoral and political process; to look out for godly men and women with the capacity and elect them into offices.
The church holds more power than it knows “As a pastor who has spent over three decades in public service, I have unflinching faith in the capacity of the Nigerian people to build a country we can all be proud of. Like most of us, I have seen firsthand what Nigerians are capable of given the right environment and support,” the VP stated.