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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) yesterday laid to rest speculations about his emergence as presidential running mate in last year’s election

He said in Lagos that he was nominated by the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

“I was nominated by the leader of our party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, under who I served as a commissioner in Lagos State,” Osinbajo said at a colloquium on the state of the nation in Lagos organised by the Coalition of Nigerian Apostolic Leaders.

His statement tallies with the earlier account of the event given by the Secretary to the Lagos State Government ,Mr. Tunji Bello.

Osinbajo at the colloquium also spoke of Federal Government’s determination to intensify the battle against corruption which he called one of the key strategies for liberating the country from recession.

Government,he said,would revamp the economy through diversification, development of infrastructure and creation of a conducive atmosphere for the private sector to increase productive activities and boost employment opportunities.

Osinbajo said: “The reasons for the recession are because of the drop in the production of oil and corruption. Other factors are the manifestation of the two problems.”

The vice president, who explained that things were going to change overnight, said a lot of damage had been done to the economy. He noted the impatience of Nigerians, recalling that even the Isralites once complained to Moses to take them back to Egypt, the land of corruption, when they got to the Red sea.

Urging Nigerians to have patience with the Federal Government as it intensifies its efforts at repositioning the economy, Osinbajo lamented that 15 billion dollars were lost to corruption through the defense contract under the last administration. He said the problem in the Northeast could have been averted, if the money meant for arms procurement had not been stolen.

The vice president explained measures adopted to boost revenue generation and prevent graft. These include the banishment of the menace of ghost workers and payroll fraud, the enforcement of tax compliance, the introduction of the Treasury Single Account (TSA), the expansion of the Value Added Tax (VAT) coverage, the deregulation of the downstream sector and concerted action on the foreign exchange rate.

He said the Federal Government will pursue the diversification of the economy through the development of agriculture to guarantee food sufficiency, job creation and export to attract earnings.

On the anti-corruption battle, Osinbajo said : “Allegations of corruption must be submitted to the right channels. The President does not interfere in the activities of the agencies. He has given the agencies concerned the independence to act, when a formal complaint is submitted. Where there are proven cases of corruption, the appropriate agencies will always act.”

Osinbajo said Christians should not panic over speculations about Sharia bill in the National assembly.

He said “The government should not be interested in any Sharia matter beyond what is in the constitution. If the government is interested, it is the Attorney-General that will submit the bill, following the decision of the Federal Executive Council.

“Sharia is in the constitution; it is only applicable to Islamic marriage. You cannot change

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  1. APC government is as useless as people behind it. Who cares about who nominated who. Nigerians are dying of hunger starvation hardship suffering pain and hopelessness and these foolish sadistic selfish and wicked old men are talking nonsense to aggrandize themselves. Telling us that Tinubu nominated you does it put foods on the table of starving Nigerians?
    It is clear that APC government has nothing to offer.Talking rubbish as Nigeria is collapsing on their heads before our very eyes. Haba! Walahi! You say you be pastor kwo? You wan to tell us that Tinubu is your god you worship. Banza! Ode! Apoda!
    Chanji dole!
    Sai Baba!
    Sai oyegun!
    Sai Tinubi!
    Sai Oshiomohole!

  2. This clueless man will continue to tell stories throughout the 4 years of APC clueless administration...I can't see any meaningful contribution he has made so far...Well,as events are unfolding...

    1. If your man had a clue for the nearly six years he was in the saddle, we won't be where we are now. Yes events are unfolding to shame you and your group of naysayers who want us ty o return to Egypt. Any right thinking person will understand the background to the current unavoidable pains and support efforts at making the nation great again. No pain, no gain

    2. Idiot! So Tinubu is your god? U said god made you VP now it's Tinubu. Ogun go visit you soon. Oloshi!

  3. Patience guys... patience it is easy for a spectator to castigate a player at the pitch but... it is high time we have some iota of regards for our leaders. as our little contribution to better our own country NIGERIA.


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