- APC is a party for all Nigerians both Christians and Muslims, Yemi Osinbajo has said
- The vice president gave examples of some of President Buhari's appointees who are Christians
- Osinbajo added that the reason why nothing works in our country is that of theft of public funds
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has dispelled insinuations that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is only sympathetic to Muslims.
Osinbajo said the APC is a party for all Nigerians, both Christians and Muslims, adding that President Muhammadu Buhari is a president for all.
The vice president made the remarks on Thursday, January 11, during the flag off of the governorship campaign of the APC held in Kaltungo, Gombe state.
In his remarks, Osinbajo emphasized the need for the electorates to vote APC in the general elections, noting that it is the party for all Nigerians and one that will take Nigeria to the next level.
His words: “Our brothers in the other party were saying that APC is not a party for everybody, but we are all seeing today that they are wrong because we are seeing that the APC is a party for all Nigerians; it is a party for Christians and Muslims, and President Buhari is a president for all.
“Those who were saying that the APC is only for Muslims are wrong because you can see that it is a party for all, I am not only a Christian but a pastor. I have worked very well and I am very happy with our president, Muhammadu Buhari because he is a just, trustworthy person, honest and straightforward.
“Also, you can see that our SGF, Boss Mustapha is also a Christian and so also is the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, when he was with us, was a Christian and he is from this region. So, APC is for Gombe and Gombe is for APC.”
Speaking further on the bane of Nigeria’s development, Osinbabjo said: “The reason why nothing works in our country is that of theft of public funds.”
He said Nigeria’s projected population growth, the attitude of past leaders, amongst other factors, has made it necessary for only persons with proven integrity be voted into elective positions in all future elections.
“By 2050, Nigeria will be the third most populous nation of the world, third after China and India. If our leaders steal money the way they have been stealing money over the past years, millions of Nigerians will be dying all over the place because then the population will be more than what we have today.
“So, it is important for Nigeria to have a period of honest leadership, that is why we are determined to tell the Nigerian people everywhere we go that the next elections are about the future of our country. Our country must have an honest, righteous leadership, a man who will not allow the money to be stolen,” the vice president added.
Meanwhile, the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said the massive achievements of the Buhari administration have rattled the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
Reacting to the statement from Abubakar's media aide, over the widely-circulated testimony series of his ministry to showcase the administration's achievements, Mohammed said the action of the PDP candidate amounts to an acknowledgement of the administration's impressive achievements.
He also dismissed as 'acute paranoia' the allegation by Atiku that the APC-led federal government is using state resources for electioneering campaign.
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