By Simon Ateba/Washington DC
Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called on his countrymen living in the United States to join millions others to forge a common front against bad governance and corruption.
Mr. Osinbajo had repeatedly maintained that Nigeria was in need of “a new tribe” of people with high integrity who should change the narrative about a country seen as atrociously corrupt and extremely badly managed.
He had said that those who looted Nigeria’s resources for decades came from all religions and tribes and argued that a new tribe was needed regardless of where the people come from or the religion they practice to take Nigeria from bad to good governance.
In a statement, Mr. Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity in the Office of the Vice President, quoted Mr. Osinbajo who had travelled to the United States as speaking at a dinner event organised by the “Christian Association of Nigeria, Americans, CANAN in Houston”, USA on Friday night.
“Even in the midst of all the country is going through, there is a growing consensus by all and sundry on the need for good governance,” Mr. Osinbajo said.
At the event attended by leaders of the Nigerian community in the US and American political leaders including US Congress Woman Sheila Jackson Lee, the Vice President was presented an honorary US Congressional Proclamation to commemorate his visit to Texas and also honour the Buhari presidency.
Explaining the need for a group of Nigerians who are committed to lifting the nation to rise up, Prof Osinbajo noted that this was important to counter and stop those who are working to pillage the resources of the country.
“This is why the president and myself have made a call that we need a New Tribe of Nigerians. We do need a new tribe of men and women of all faiths, tribes and ethnicities, who are committed to a country run on high values of integrity, hard-work, justice and love for the country,” he said.
“I mean a tribe of men and women who are prepared to make the sacrifices and self-constraints that are crucial to building a strong society; who are prepared to stick together, fight corruption side by side, and insist on justice.”
The current administration, he said, takes Nigerians living abroad very seriously, a reason.
According to him, it was for that reason that the President appointed a Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora, former House of Representative member, Mrs. Abike Daibiri.
The VP recalled a proposal for a Diaspora Commission, and a diaspora bond worth N1 trillion for investment purpose by both Nigerians at home and abroad.
Osinbajo commended CANAN for its accomplishments during its short existence.
He listed some of CANAN’s achievements to include being in forefront of the quest to designate Boko Haram as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, FTO, by the US and also donating $50,000.00 in 2013 to Boko Haram victims, stating that these are a demonstration of patriotism by members of the association even while outside the shores of the country.
The President of CANAN, Dr. James Fadel urged Nigerians to engage in prophetic prayers in order to take the country out of its current predicament.