- Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has dismissed reports that he plans to run for presidency in 2019
- Osinbajo said the thought has never crossed his mind
- He also said that militants' attacks at Nigeria's oil producing region - Niger Delta - no longer posed a threat to the economy
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said he has not thought about running for presidency in Nigeria.
The vice president said he has never given it a thought to vie for the position of Nigeria's president.
Speaking in London at the FT Africa Summit, Osinbajo who at two different occasions has served as Nigeria's acting president said, he had no intention of contesting for presidency in 2019.
“None of that is on the cards," Osinbajo said.
He also revealed that the militants previously launching attacks at Nigeria's oil producing region, Niger Delta, no longer posed a threat to the economy.
The vice president said Nigeria lost about one million barrels of oil per day in 2016 while the attacks by the militants lasted.
He said Nigeria was pumping roughly 1.85 million bpd and skyrocketing toward two million bpd.
Further emphasizing the need for the diversification of the country's economy away from oil, the vice president said: "We don’t have all the time in the world with oil,” he said. “We have to use oil while it makes sense to do so.”
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the vice president met with some prominent Nigerians during his keynote address at the FT Africa Summit in London.
Among some of the Nigerians Osinbajo met include Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote; Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki; the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido and the minister of information, Lai Mohammed.
Osinbajo while meeting with these Nigerians said the country has invested more into infrastructural development in 2017, than any previous government did at other times in the nation’s history
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