Vice-Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has stated that the Presidential candidate of the party, Gen. Muhammed Buhari will wipe out the dreaded boko haram insurgents and create jobs in the country if elected in 2015.
Prof. Osinbajo was responding to questions from some of his followers on the social media.
He claimed that the Jonathan- administration is unable to tame boko haram because of the corruption around the defence funds which has created a situation where soldiers are not well equipped and motivated.
“The current administration has politicised boko haram. The corruption around defence funds has created a situation where soldiers are not well equipped/motivated. GMB wiped out Maitatsine, another Islamic insurgency in his own administration by sincerely identifying the problem as a challenge to the authority of the state to maintain law and order. The administration took command and funded the military transparently and that’s what we need to do now to end this insurgency.
Commenting on the rate of unemployment in the country, he said the Buhari/Osinbajo administration if elected in 2015 will tackle the challenge by supporting every state to create 20, 000 jobs as well as pay a stipend to every youth corps members for a year while they are looking for employment.
He noted, “We expect every state will be supported to create 20, 000 jobs directly funded. The FG will also match the creation that for every additional job created over 20, 000 mark. FG will pay a stipend to every youth corper for a year while they are looking for employment and in that year will give vocational training. FG will undertake a massive public works programme; this is expected to have multiplier effect of producing hundreds of thousands of jobs. FG will give tax breaks and recognition to employers of labour who provide a certain minimum number of jobs”.
He also took a swipe on the current administration handling of corruption, promising that APC government will not tolerate it.
“One of the fundamental problems is that there is no consequence for corruption, I think that what everyone will agree to about a Buhari government is that it will not tolerate corruption. If the number one citizen has a clear and uncompromising anti-corruption stand then the anti-corruption policy will work. If the number one and two have a strong stance on anti-corrupion then our policy can succeed. In Lagos state, we were able to deal with judicial corruption by dealing with issues of remuneration and a strict policy on consequence in sanctions where judicial personnel are found to be corrupt. That model can be replicated,” he noted.
The former Attorney General of Lagos state stated that the APC is different from the PDP because it is focus on policies that will impact the lives of the common man.
“We have social programmes such as social welfare (first in Africa), free education, mass employment, universal healthcare insurance and the free meals programme in primary schools. The difference is in the ticket, integrity is key”.
On his vision for Nigeria, the professor of law said that, “a country where everyone has a good job, lives a decent life in peace and security.