Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday said Nigeria is dealing with the consequences of what any country who had experienced massive stealing and looting will go through.
He made this assertion while receiving a delegation of the Northern States Pentecostal Bishops Forum in his office at the Presidential Villa.
He however assured them that even though the times are hard today, “there is great hope that this country will prosper.”
According to him, “this country has been badly governed. We are dealing for instance with the embezzlement of funds to the tune of $15B in one sector alone. “
“We have not turned attention to the oil and gas sector, where the former CBN Governor alleged that $20B was stolen. We must condemn and stand up against this level of corruption. It is the single most important reason of the current state of the country. We can’t ignore it,” he further said.
The Vice President then called on Christian and religious leaders generally in the country to condemn corruption “openly.”
He added that “we can’t say because they are Christians or Muslims we won’t condemn those involved in corruption.”
In addition to the massive fall in oil prices, the Vice President stated that the vandalization of pipelines has led to a worsening of the situation with the country loosing about one million barrels of oil per day for up to six months now.
“That is the background for the sort of situation we find ourselves.
“God surely has a plan for this country. We (as a government) are open, honest, transparent and we shall use the resources of this country very well,” he said
He pointed out that the recent GDP figures released last week indicated clearly there is growth in agriculture and solid minerals.
According to him, “agric and solid minerals have witnessed improvements.”
Osinbajo noted that President Buhari has given clear instructions to the security agencies to deal with anyone regardless of status who carries arms and also deal with anyone that causes and perpetrates violence of any kind.
“The President has said twice in the past fortnight that anyone who commits atrocities must be arrested and tried and he has demonstrated that resolve,” Osinbajo said.
“The justice system is very slow, not just in some cases, but generally extremely slow. For example it takes forever before a murder trial gets to court.”