Even as President Muhammadu Buhari comes under widespread criticisms following his arbitrary suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has stated that the president is an honest man.
Osinbajo said this on Sunday during his house-to-house campaign in Ifako-Ijaiye local government area of Lagos state.
He said grand corruption, which plagued the 16 years administration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) contributed to the lack of infrastructure for Nigerians.
The vice-president said the Buhari-led APC government would focus on jobs for youth, power and providing enough resources to financially empower petty traders and business owners.
Traffic was at standstill as thousands of residents, including party faithful, market persons and the Arewa community, trooped out to receive the vice-president.
“The difference between us and the PDP is that we don’t steal government resources. We use it for the people. We earn less and we spend more on the welfare of people than the previous government,” he said.
“Everybody knows Buhari is an honest man. He will not steal public fund. We shall continue to fight corruption so that we can have enough money to provide infrastructure. We have to build on the foundation we have laid.
“The corrupt people will be jailed. That is why the corrupt elements in the opposition are desperate to regain power. We can’t leave government for the thieves.
“You should vote for APC because it is the only party that can do the job. We should not allow PDP to return to power.”
Osinbajo said the issue in the coming election was creation of jobs for youth, more power supply, provision of infrastructure.
“The next level will be much better than today. More power will be available to the people and there will be more infrastructure,” he said.
“Too much corruption has slowed our progress. That is why Buhari is fighting corruption. If there is no corruption, there will be money to carry out the developmental projects.
“Buhari will fight for young and old. He will not allow anybody to steal public funds. Government will decentralised power so that there will be adequate and efficient distribution of power in the country. Government will provide adequate electricity supply for the household, artisans, corporate organisations and business enterprise.”
A honest man keeps his word and fulfils his promises or at least gives a good explanation if he fails. However, Today’s Echo gathers that the government has failed to fulfil several of its promises including the creation of three million jobs per year.