Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has again, called on the country’s elite to unite, based on a common consensus, to build the nation, as Nigerians clearly desire good governance.
The Vice President was speaking at a gala event organized by the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans, CANAN in Houston, USA, as part of activities for his visit to the US.
Professor Osinbajo noted that, “even in the midst of all the country is passing through, there is a growing consensus by all and sundry on the need for good governance.”
At the event attended by leaders of the Nigerian community in the US and American political leaders including US Congress Woman Sheila Jackson Lee, the Vice President was presented an honorary US Congressional Proclamation to commemorate his visit to Texas and also honour the Buhari Presidency.
Explaining the need for a group of Nigerians who are committed to lifting the nation, Professor Osinbajo noted that this was important to counter and stop those who are working to pillage the resources of the country.
“This is why the President and I have made a call that we need a New Tribe of Nigerians. We do need a new tribe of men and women of all faiths, tribes and ethnicities, which are committed to a country, run on high values of integrity, hard-work, justice and love for the country,” he said.
He added: “I mean a tribe of men and women who are prepared to make the sacrifices and self-constraints that are crucial to building a strong society; that is prepared to stick together, fight corruption side by side, and insist on justice.”
The Vice President pointed out that the current administration takes the Diaspora issue very seriously, a reason that the President appointed a Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora in person of a former House of Representatives member, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
He highlighted the proposal for a Diaspora Commission, and a Diaspora bond worth N1 trillion for investment purposes by both Nigerians at home and abroad.
Speaking earlier, the President of CANAN, Dr. James Fadel urged Nigerians to engage in prophetic prayers in order to take the country out of its current economic situation.
He emphasized that things will indeed end well for the country, he said “Nigerians must reject the tendency to be a consuming nation without the desire to also produce, adding that what is needed now is for all and sundry to build trust in God to win the battle against the nation’s opposing forces.”
Vice President Osinbajo was presented with an honorary congressional proclamation by US Congress woman, Sheila Jackson-Lee, who indicated that the US Congress takes Nigeria as a very serious partner, a reason it has given great support to the ongoing fight against boko haram.