Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has stated that any public officer holder who is chasing after money is mad.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari, 73, told him repeatedly that at his age, his only heart’s desire was to see a great Nigeria.
Osinbajo was quoted by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, as making this remark while receiving a delegation of Christian Ministers Welfare Initiative also known as the Pastors’ Forum, Taraba State, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
“This morning, I had a meeting with the President and he repeated to me twice, he said ‘at my age, there is only one thing I am looking for, I want to see a great Nigeria.’ He has no other objective and I feel very inspired by that,” Osinbajo reportedly told his guests.
Osinbajo, who recently expressed hope that President Buhari will lead Nigeria out of the current economic recession, said: “It is madness for anybody in our position to be looking for money.
“God put people in a position of authority for them to be able to do something for their people.
“I think if any Nigerian gets the chance to be President of the country, there is nothing he/she is looking for anymore, except that, while there, you improve the lot of the people.”
He regretted that while Nigerians were being killed by the Boko Haram fighters, people could not account for $15bn meant for the purchase of security equipment to fight the insurgents.
The Vice-President also explained how vandalism of oil installations had contributed to the recession being witnessed in the country.
On power, the Vice-President said the country was producing 5,000MW of power for the first time by early 2016, but by February 2016 the Forcados terminal was destroyed by militants.
“Nothing changed, the only reason is that we are investigating people who have stolen money,” Osinbajo said.
While expressing hope that the country would come out of the recession, Osinbajo stated that “there is no question at all, God has a reason for bringing us in at this time and God helping us, we will see a change in this country.”