By Tobi Soniyi in Abuja
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration will bring the best out of all Nigerians.
A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande said Osinbajo made the statement recently while receiving a delegation of Nigerians in the Diaspora, led by Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
The vice president said there was an innate greatness in the Nigerian person especially when the right leadership was in place. He said: “I believe the day will come when the world will agree that there is a greatness gene in the Nigerian.”
Osinbajo, who expressed excitement about the feats Nigerians made outside the country, noted that the stories about Nigerians in the Diaspora invalidated the negative beliefs of others.
According to him, young Nigerians at home have also shown commitment and leadership in all spheres of human endeavours. “This is the kind of ideals that are waiting to happen to any of our young people today”, he noted, referring to some outstanding stories of Nigerians abroad told in his presence at the meeting.
The Vice President said the story about Nigerian young people was inspiring not only to their fellow young people but the elderly as well.
Osinbajo assured the Diasporans that “the Change Agenda of Buhari administration is really a people-oriented agenda”. He said government strongly believed that the Nigerian people had within them the capacity to do great things as long as the leaders show integrity, true leadership, transparency and openness, the people would trust them.
“I think the Nigerian people are prepared to do incredible things if they can trust the leaders and be sure that the system will back them up, that the system will not betray them by corruption, and other activities that are abusive as was the case by past political leaders”, he noted. He urged the Diasporans to make contact with his office and Dabiri-Erewa to work out how they can contribute their quotas to Nigeria’s development
Earlier, Dabiri-Erewa, a former member of the House of Representatives and past Chairman of the House Diaspora Committee, who led the delegation, urged the Federal Government to establish a database of Nigerians in the Diaspora. She disclosed that there is an estimated six million Nigerians in Cameroon and half of Sudan were Nigerians, based on available records.
Members of the delegation introduced themselves and their achievements in the foreign countries they are based, including Prof. Chris Imafidon – an Adviser to European and USA governments, and Mr. Jelani Aliyu – an Automobile Designer and Developer of the award-winning Chevy Volt car made by General Motors in the USA.
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