APC’s Game Plan, By Osinbajo
JOBS and security. These are the two pillars on which the All Progressives Congress (APC) will build its campaign, according to Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, presidential candidate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari’s running mate.
According to him, 80 per cent of youths have no jobs. Besides, Nigeria is fighting an insurgency that has taken thousands of lives.
Osinbajo, who is the head Pastor, Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Olive Tree Parish, Banana Island, Lagos, spoke to our correspondent on Sunday night after the church’s carol service.
He said: “We will focus on job creation and security. The most important thing today is how to create employment for the vast majority of people who do not have employment opportunities. Apart from that, security; but creating jobs is primary for me.
“About 80 per cent of graduates that come out of school today do not have work. None graduates are even worse off. As far as I am concerned, the most important challenge any government has today is to ensure there are enough jobs for those who do not have work to do.
“There is no question about my party winning next year’s election. Definitely, we will beat the ruling PDP. I think the people of Nigeria have come to a point where they realise that after 15 years of the PDP, things have got much worse than in 1999.
“Except the people just love suffering for the sake of suffering, there is nowhere else in the world where the PDP will be allowed to stay for one more day. I trust that most Nigerians will vote out this PDP government come February 2015 – by the grace of God. The hope is for change and that is the APC.”
Reflecting on why he opted for politics, Osinbajo, a former university teacher and foremost lawyer, said it was because of his desire to effect positive change in the lives of the people.
He said policies that will affect the lives of the people can only be implemented if people with integrity occupy top positions in government.
On the disposition of the General Overseer of the RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, to his foray into politics, the senior advocate of Nigeria and one-time Attorney General and Commisioner for Justice in Lagos State, said:
“Pastor Adeboye is in support of the legitimate and good aspirations of all his children. I am one of his children, and so, clearly, he is in support. So long as you are not doing something illegal. Once you are doing something that is legal and legitimate, he is fully in support
“Just as he supports my activities as a lawyer, he supports my activities as a politician. So long as what one is doing is not wrong, he actively supports it.”
In Osinbajo’s view, every cleric should be an active member of a political party because that is the only way he or she can effect changes in policies that will better the lot of the over 110 million poor Nigerians.
Said he: “Every pastor ought to be a card-carrying member of a political party. You must take a position because it is important in our society. Jesus Christ came purposely to address the concerns of the poor. Jesus, according to the scriptures, says, ‘I have been anointed to preach the good news to the poor and heal the broken hearted.’
“You cannot be in the Third World today, in a country like Nigeria where 110 million people are poor and you are a Christian, a purveyor of the gospel of Jesus Christ and you are not in a position to influence the most effective way of eradicating poverty, which is governance.
“How can I say I am a Christian, a pastor and leader in the Christian faith and I am not interested in the process by which the poor can be empowered?
Osinbajo debunked insinuations that Gen. Buhari is a religious extremist. He was optimistic that the Buhari/Osinbajo presidency will emplace religious harmony, integrity in public service, discipline as well as security of lives and property.
“All that description of him as Islamist is poor propaganda. There is no question of it at all. I have had long conversations with him on so many issues, including this and I believe very strongly that he is a man who believes every man should practices his faith the way he wishes.
“What is going on at the moment is disgraceful. It is not a matter of religion as being painted. The key issues today are of poverty and deprivation of the vast majority of Nigerians of means of livelihood. Government is responsible for providing for people, but they are not doing so.
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