The vice president, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday, restated that the Federal Government had achieved a lot in all sectors of human development and democratic process.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Osinbajo spoke at the 2017/2018 Barewa Old Boys Association annual lecture in Sokoto.
“There is a lot of impunity that has been defined to public office in Nigeria, especially grand corruption, which had been sanctioned under the present administration.
“I said grand corruption because our society had a problem of extended corruption affecting all government institutions but today, it has never been the case.
“Nigeria had, in the past, faced so much challenges of corruption in public offices with a lot of government money being stolen by individuals which the present administration blocked such instances,” he said.
Osinbajo added that the present administration, under leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, had recorded tremendous success in the areas of security, agriculture, judiciary, legislature, among others.
“There is not a single state in Nigeria that is not undergoing a measure of FG project under the ministry of Power, Works And Housing.
“More so, clearly we have not done all we want to see, but if we are to ask our brothers and sisters from the North-East of what happened after Boko-Haram seized 14 local governments in their state, you will agree with me that they have seen some changes.
“If we are to ask the farmers enjoying the credit and support of the FG programmes and getting a more suitable supply of fertilizer, perhaps they may say that they have seen some changes.
“The over 500,000 graduates which have been employed under N-power programme, which is direct government employment, have been training in various fields to be useful for themselves.
“Also, traders who are getting direct credit from the government to support their small scale businesses, may say that they have seen some changes,” he said.
The vice president further restated that the relationship between the executive and the National Assembly remains in good condition, as the executive had never stepped in to the affairs of legislative conduct.
“There had never been any attempt under the present administration to stamp the legislature as was experienced in the past administration.
“Moreover, Nigeria had five senate presidents between 1999 and 2007, which is very easy to forget. All of this and many more took place in very recent history.
“So, you will agree with me that a lot had changed at least with regard to political understanding,” Osibanjo added.
Earlier, the Emir of Gummi, Justice Lawal Gummi, who presented a paper titled, “The challenges of Democracy to Judiciary: The Nigerian Perspectives,” said,
“We are yet to cultivate the right attitude that is needed to stabilise the process for our advance in democracy.
“The stunted growth that we are presently witnessing in our democracy is as a result of lack of discipline and non adherence to the basic tenets of democracy by our successive governments, over the years,” he said.
Gov Aminu Tambuwal and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, commended the vice president for attending the event and the organisers on the choice of the state.