- Vice president Yemi Osinbajo said Nigeria will not go back to the era of corruption
- Osinbajo likened Nigeria and its people to the children of Israel that went on a journey of nation building
- He said the Lord had promised to take them to a land flowing with milk and honey
Vice president Yemi Osinbajo at the 2018 Democracy Day inter denominational church service held at the National Christian Centre, Abuja to mark President Muhammadu Buhari three year in office said never would corruption be allowed to have its hold on the country and draw it backward.
Taking his reading from the book of Exodus 15’4:10-15, Osinbajo compared Nigeria and its people to the children of Isreal went on a journey of nation building. The Lord he said had promised to take them to a land flowing with milk and honey
According a statement by senior special assistant to the vice president on media and publicity, Laolu Akande, ”They had just left the captivity where they were been punished and cheated by Pharaoh and the Egyptians.
“God took them on a journey out of captivity, out of anguished and God promised them a place of comfort, abundance and peace. But the journey was tougher than they expected. And suddenly they saw Pharaoh and his Army coming after them.
“They were unarmed and one of the vicious army in history was coming after them. They ran in great fear with that their wives and children.
“They carried the elderly, the disabled and the babies but in front of them was the read sea, no boats to cross the sea.
“They were between the proverbial devil and the deep blue sea. So, they turned to their leader, Moses who himself was filled with fear because he didn’t expect what they were experiencing.
“There is a lesson here, when God puts you to journey whether you are a person or a nation, he doesn’t tell you what the challenges will be less you refuse to undertake the journey.
“So, the Israelites turned to their leader saying, and this is in Exodus 14:11, they said, is it because they were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness?
“Why did you bring us out of Egypt? Is this not that you told us in Egypt and we said let us alone in Egypt, let us remain in captivity for it will have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.
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“So it is in the journey of nation building and development. Our nation is indifferent, we are on a journey from the past. There has been times where journey is somewhat tough, difficult and even fearful.
“We looked behind us we see the armies of the past, the armies of division which led to civil war where many of us died, the armies of religious strife that refused to leave us, the armies of corruption and graft, those who want us to remain in the captivity of ethnic and religious conflicts, these are the armies of the past.
“But ahead of us we also see the Red Sea – bloody conflicts and the doom sayers saying the future will be worse than the past.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that despite calls from some segments of the country for members of President Buhari-led administration to stop harping about corruption in the PDP.
Osinbajo said the administration will not desist from talking about how their predecessors mismanaged the country’s resource.
He made this known at the 10th annual Bola Tinubu Colloquium, organised to commemorate the birthday of the former governor of Lagos state and national leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu, on Thursday, March 29.
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