Thursday, 23 June 2016

Nigeria’s future dependent on elites, says Osinbajo

Nigeria's future dependent on elites, says Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has harped on the significant role elites play in the development of a country like Nigeria.
According to him, the weight of what happens in the society whether good of bad rests on the shoulders of the elites.
He made the remark while speaking to lawyers on Wednesday night at the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Section on Business Law Dinner at the 10th Annual Conference of NBA in Abuja.
In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, the Vice President said that elites like the lawyers, who formed the better part of the audience, are the repository for knowledge and information and therefore must use their knowledge for the common good of the nation.
Osinbajo who had in the past called for a “new tribe of Nigerians,” to rid the country of corruption, reiterated a similar message of elite responsibility.

He said: “Whether we accept it or not, the weight of what happens in our society really rests on our shoulders (as elites). Therefore the society would depend a lot on the elites in the coming years and that is a huge responsibility.”
According to him, no country can move forward if the elites have not come to consensus on certain values, adding that “the challenges facing Nigeria is huge yet the elites are yet to come to consensus.”
“There is no consensus (as yet) on ethics, integrity and even corruption. To what extent do we accept corruption; that is, to what extent do we think it is most unacceptable, that it would destroy our country.  We need consensus on what is right to do, for self-preservation and for that-(the preservation) of the country, it is essential.”
He said that there is no society that has been successful where the elites don’t have consensus on questions of integrity and morals.
Forging such consensus regarding vital issues, he said, is the only way to go if Nigeria is to grow.
“We do not have to belong to the same religion or tribe, state or geo-political zones.” he said
On the ease of doing business, the Vice President said the Buhari administration has recently set up a Presidential Ease of Doing Business Council which he chairs, adding that the Council will work to create an enabling environment for business, removal or relaxation of some of the rules and making more use of electronic applications.
He also noted that the area of adjudication requires some radical thinking and changes.
Noting that commercial litigation is the area that feels the pinch the most, he said that the system is so slow that it has attracted a lot of negative comments outside the country.
The Vice President has also urged Christians to deal with challenges and conflicts in the body of Christ with due diligence as expected of believers and based on Scripture.
He made the remark on Thursday during a meeting with a delegation of the Christian Arbitration Centre led by retired Supreme Court Justice James Ogebe, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
While expressing his delight at the formation of the centre to resolve conflicts among Christians, the Vice President told the delegation to seek the buy-ins from trustworthy Christian leaders to support the Centre ahead of its summit in September.
Speaking earlier, the leader of the delegation, Justice Ogebe, said the reason for setting up Christian Arbitration Centre was for Christians to have a place where Christians can go for justice without going to the regular courts for matters that are strictly Christian.
He said it is sad when church matters such as allegations and conflicts are treated at the secular courts.

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