Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday said that the major problem facing Nigeria is lack of integrity on the part of its leaders.
Osinbajo who made the remark while speaking at the 11th colloquium of the All Progressives Congress (APC) leader, Bola Tinubu, said the ugly trend was most noticeable, especially with past leadership of the country.
According to him, bad leadership of the past cost the country major infrastructural development in times of abundance.
Osinbajo represented President Buhari at the event.
Osinbajo accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of frittering away the resources of the country but said the Buhari administration is setting the right pace but promised that the All Progressives Congress (APC) government will right the wrongs of the PDP.
Osinbajo said the integrity of Buhari is an important “component in getting anywhere in our development plans.”
He said, “The honest leadership, leadership of integrity of our president, President Muhammadu Buhari is a very important component in getting anywhere in our development plans.”
“I have said it before, Nigeria’s main problem is not lack of ideas, especially with the leadership of the past is lack of integrity in leadership, corruption in particular and it is the reason we are finding it difficult to make any progress.
“That is why we earned $383 billion in four years – 2010 to 2014 – highest ever in the history of our Country and yet Lagos-Ibadan expressway not done. We cannot point to single major project.”
While congratulating Tinubu on his 67th birthday, the vice-president said the political trajectory of the former governor of Lagos “only just began.”
“Right from the days of being Lagos governor, he provided clarity of thought and rare vision in all aspects of life,” he said.
“Once in a while, I think that history gives us who are gifted transformative leader and I believe that our country has been gifted by this transformative leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.”