VP Osinbanjo urges elites to contribute to national development

Timothy Choji, Abuja

Vice President, Professor Yemi Osibanjo.

Elites in Nigeria have been challenged to brace up and do more for the country because they have a great role in securing the future of the country.

The country’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo threw the challenge in his address at the 10th annual Business Law Conference in Abuja.

He said citizens of the country must be selfless and must work hard to move the country forward.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said the elite have failed because they have not been able to reach a consensus on issues like corruption, ethics and integrity.

He therefore said legal practitioners have to shoulder the burden of national progress in order to secure the future of Nigeria.

“I think that our society is really dependable a lot on us in the coming years. As a lawyer and in government I feel that it’s an awesome responsibility that we bear. Yet I think the major problem we have is that we are yet to form a consensus as an elite in this country. There is no consensus even on ethics and integrity. There e is still no consensus on corruption. That consensus is important,” he said.

Professor Osinbajo said citizens must unite to guarantee security and national development, stressing that without unity, things will not work out well for the nation.

“If you look at the list of those who have been accused of any offence in Nigeria, you will find one Igbo person, one Hausa one Yoruba, one man form the South-South or woman as the case may be. There is complete unity when committing crimes. So I think that the same should be replicated in all sphere of life so as to move the country forward. We should do everything across, zonal, ethnic or religious lines,” the Vice President advised.

He said the legal profession cannot afford to be left behind in the technology revolution being witnessed globally and so he expects that in the next ten years, all law courts will be fully computerized.

The Vice President advocated law reforms and the enforcement of same, to facilitate the ease of doing business in Nigeria.

Earlier, President of the Nigerian Bar Association NBA, Mr Augustine Alageh called for the passage of the Petroleum Industry bill, to enhance the development of Nigeria.

Also speaking, the NBA section on Business Law, Mr Asue Ighodalo said the section has helped improve commercial law practice in the country.

The event, which had the theme: ‘Law reforms and economic development,’ brought together legal practitioners across the country, who will in the next few days brainstorm on how to contribute to the development of Nigeria’s economy, amid dwindling oil revenue and many other economic challenges that need urgent attention.