Only Corruption, Tribalism Can Hold Nigeria Back – Osinbajo

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said yesterday that the Muhammadu Buhari-led government has put so many measures in place to put the country on a sound economic footing.

He said it is only the menace of corruption and tribalism that can hold the country back from taking its place of greatness amongst the comity of nations.

The vice president who said this at Greater Nigeria Pastors’ conference with the theme, ‘Towards A Better Nigeria’ held in Lagos explained that the present administration has surmounted the initial challenges that retarded the nation’s growth and put it on the path of economic growth.He said, “Our country would turn the corner in the next few years. We would soon be experiencing progress and joy. What can hold us back; what is it that can hold us back?

“Two things: the first is corruption. We must deal with it decisively because it is systemic, it is perpetrated by the leadership elite that include not just the politicians, but private sector individuals and even religious leaders.

“The second is tribalism and religion and other tendencies, probably because of state failure in some respects. It is failure of Christian leadership to take its full rightful place. We are too divided. The truth of the matter is that the truth to the key and unity of Nigeria is in the church, the pillar and ground of the truth. That is what the church is called.

“It is the church that is imbued with the revelation that there is neither Jew nor Greek, that there is neither male nor female, that we are all one before Jesus. It is the church that has been entrusted with uniting this nation by uniting itself, urging them to do away with prejudices.”

Osinbajo said his view about Nigerian elite, whether political, religious, business, regardless of ethnicity, is that they think alike, especially on issues of corruption.

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