VP Osinbajo seeks more global action against terrorists

Timothy Choji, Abuja

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the Muhammadu Buhari led administration will continue to be responsive to the needs of Nigerians through laudable programmes.

The Vice President listed transparency, social investment, provision of education and healthcare as some of the qualities that distinguish President Buhari’s administration from those of his predecessors.

Professor Osinbajo made the remark while delivering a lecture at the Famous Harvard University.

The Vice President, who is in the U.S on the invitation of the University, was speaking on the topic, ‘Destroying boko haram and the Rebuilding of Nigeria’s North-East’, as part of activities to mark the institution’s programme tagged ‘Nigeria in the world.’

Professor Osinbajo noted that Nigeria’s political leadership has always been distrusted but the Buhari administration is poised to right the wrongs of the past.

“Political leadership in Nigeria has always been distrusted and that has been so for many years and good reasons. But Nigeria now has a good opportunity to change the perception of leadership, often seen a s being corrupt and unreliable. Now with the emergence of President Buhari who is widely acknowledged as being forthright and honest, this is a rallying point that might as well be an opportunity for some moral leadership in Nigeria,” he stated.

He said although the boko haram menace has ravaged the North-East zone of Nigeria, it could not succeed in dividing the country along religious lines.

“Something that is clear as a major failure of the boko haram insurgency is the failure to divide Christians and Muslims and to give the impression that the insurgency was actually a war of Islam against Christianity. During such attacks, whenever a bomb went off at the market in Maiduguri, Kano or any other city, it never asked whether those it killed were Muslims or Christians,” the Vice President illustrated

Professor Osinbajo stressed that government will not rest on its oars until the terrorists group is extinguished.

The Vice President used the opportunity to make a clarion call for a more concerted global action against terrorism and an increasingly effective international collaboration regarding the humanitarian crisis in the Northeast.

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