Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), said on Thursday that the present administration was happy with the contributions of Nigerians in the Diaspora to national development.
He made the remark when some members of the Nigerians in Diaspora group paid him a courtesy visit at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Osinbajo, who noted that Nigerians abroad had demonstrated that the country was united and indivisible and expressed the hope that they would continue in that direction, said there is some innate greatness in the Nigerian person and that greatness can emerge and will emerge, if the right leadership is given to various sectors.
“The kind of thing we are seeing today is just on account of the fact that in your various capacities, you have shown leadership, commitment, and the ideals that we are waiting for to happen to many of our youths.
“The story of Nigeria is about the unity of all of you in different parts of the world and I think the day will come when people will realize that Nigerians have the innate gene to achieve greatness”, he told his visitors.
Osinbajo thanked the group for rallying round the present administration in its development programmes and promised that the administration will lift the country higher.
He also told the group that the Muhammadu Buhari administration was running a people-oriented agenda. “It is a people-oriented agenda, it is a bottom-up agenda because we strongly believe that the Nigerian people have the capacity to do great and incredible things so long as the leadership shows integrity, transparency and openness”.
He stressed that the administration would act in manners that would enable the people to have confidence and trust in it rather than do what could betray them; such as corruption.
Osinbajo expressed government’s willingness to engage the Diaspora group by providing opportunities for them to participate in the change agenda of the administration.
“We are all set for a change and we will see a great Nigeria and our children will witness it”, he added.
Former Chairman of the House Committee on Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, who led the delegation, said Nigerians were excelling abroad and that the creation of a Diaspora commission would enable the members to key into government programmes.
Chukuka Ezewuzie, Larry Ekundayo, and Olusegun Ajose, all members of the group, said they were ready to bring their expertise to train the grassroots youths in various fields, including sports.
PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC
Governor Matawalle who is a governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attributed Mr Umahi’s decamping to “bad blood in the present Peoples Democratic Party.”
Governor Matawalle made this comment in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Zailani Bappa, on Friday.
He expressed that he would rather commend Umahi for “his bold decision rather than condemn him because everyone feels welcome only in a house where he feels comfortable.”
You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola
In a congratulatory statement in Osogbo on Friday to mark Oyetola’s second anniversary, the Minister said the Osun governor has weathered the storm of governance effectively.
Aregbesola wrote: “I write to congratulate you on the second anniversary of your administration.
“I look back with pride and nostalgia the hard-fought battle of your election and the continuation of progressive administration in the State of Osun.
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“There have been challenges along the line – the inclement national financial weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and others not so significant. But you have weathered the storm admirably and steadied the ship of state.
“The challenges will no doubt present a new format as you step into the third year. These are heightened political participation, pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy and increased demands from the political system. I have no doubt that you will cope nicely.
“Please continue to make the welfare of the people your biggest concern. They are the reason for the state. Without them there will be no government or any political office to occupy.
“Once again, congratulations, as I wish you a resounding success in office and every aspect of life.
“My kind regards to the good wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and the entire cabinet of the State of Osun.”
Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu
Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu has stated that the country is experiencing low voter turnout during elections due to failed promises of politicians.
He made this known during his appearance in front of the Senate Committee on INEC for screening for his second tenure.
In the red chambers, when queried for the reason there is always a low turnout of voters during elections, Prof. Yakubu explained that Nigerians no longer trust politicians and are tired of hearing the same promises during electioneering campaigns, so they stay home during elections.
He also explained that the inadequate mobilisation of voters and violence recorded during the electioneering period also contributes to the low turnout of voters.
“Violence or threat of violence, people don’t tend to vote simply for that fear. Some people just stay on the side of caution by staying away instead of risking it by going out to vote.
“Sometimes, the performance of those elected is a very important factor. Some voters will ask ‘why should I go and vote? Because four years earlier some people made the same promise so nothing has changed.’
“It is a shared responsibility that we all have to put our heads together to solve but we will continue to do what is required by the law in the area of voter registration and publicity,” he said.
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