Vice president , Prof Yemi Osibajo while representing the presidency at the second plenary meeting of Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria discussed quite a range of issues including education,economy, corruption and terrorism.
According to him,
The fight against corruption is beyond the physical battle and fight of virtue and righteousness in the country , but also a fight for the soul and substance of the nation.
Also he said,
" Corruption in our country is endemic and it constitutes a parallel system," he said. According to the President, corruption has made a potentially prosperous country struggle to feed and provide jobs for its people.
" Hundreds of thousands of infants and maternal mortality statistics, hundreds of thousands deaths from communicable diseases are traceable to the greed and corruption of a few," he said.
The presidency urged Nigerians to think of resuscitating the nation`s economy because two-thirds of Nigerians lived in extreme poverty.
"They must be helped, first to survive, and then, fully participate in the economy of the nation. "Consequently, we must create tenets for the very poor and vulnerable, while ensuring that social spending also resurrects investments in the economy. "We must invest substantially in relevant education; teachers training and vocational and entrepreneurial training.
Also, On insurgency, Osibajo representing the presidency said Boko Haram had been weakened and lacked the strength to occupy the North-East zone or any part of the country.
He also said the military was using local intelligence to thwart efforts of Boko Haram to regroup in the North-East or any part of the country.
"On security, we are on course to militarily route Boko Haram and make them incapable of taking over any territory. "Suicide bombings on some parts of the North- East are desperate acts of terrorists to create a sense that they are still in play.
"But, with vigilance and local intelligence, we will make these cowardly acts practically impossible," he said.
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