Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has expressed confidence in the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying ‘he is the kind of leader the nation needs at this time’.
“He is honest, straightforward and operating from a genuine heart,” the Vice President told a delegation from the Deeper Christian Life Church, led by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi.
“Moving Nigeria Forward”
At a meeting held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Friday with the church delegation, Professor Osinbajo, said: “Though some people say President Muhammadu Buhari is strict because of his forthrightness, he is the kind of leader we need now. A president who will not cut deals and who is only interested in moving Nigeria forward.
“We are very happy that we have a President who is honest, a President who is straight forward, a President who is operating from the genuineness of his heart, this is the kind of leader that we need now”.
While acknowledging the economic situation in Nigeria, the Vice President noted that the current administration did not create the conditions, “but we are here at this time”.
He pointed out that “the reason (we are here at this time,) is known to the Lord Himself. Everyday I wake up knowing there is a cause for being here and it is to move the country forward”.
Interacting with Pastor Kumuyi on the Ogoni clean-up and Niger Delta, the Vice President said “the clean-up of Ogoni is very important.
“The situation is very bad, I have been in the area a few times, but we need peace in the area to be able to carry on with the clean-up exercise.
“The clean-up exercise will take decades but with the phased implementation people can gradually return to fishing and farming,” he stated.
On the power sector, Professor Osinbajo said that by February this year, the country was doing 5000 megawatts of electricity for the first time in history, highlighting that the militants’ attacks on the pipelines had made things bad not only regarding electricity, but also cutting the oil revenues of the nation.
He, however, assured the delegation and Nigerians that the government was working diligently on effective solutions to those challenges.
He was clear that God had a purpose for choosing the President and himself to serve at this time, saying “this is the doing of the Lord.”
The Vice President also thanked Pastor Kumuyi for coming, noting that his visit was a wonderful gift.
Earlier, Pastor Kumuyi said he was in the Federal Capital Territory for a crusade and thought to pay a visit to the Vice President.
He thanked God for the progress made so far by the Administration, adding that “God will fulfil the purpose for which He brought you at a time like this”.
While inviting the Vice President to the crusade, Pastor Kumuyi pledged his contributions and prayers for the Buhari administration, and also for the progress of Nigeria.