7 March 2017
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has lashed out at Nigeria’s elites, blaming them for the woes of the nation.
Mr. Osinbajo spoke on Monday in Benin City, Edo State. He was in the state to continue his tour of oil-producing states in the country.
“The elites everywhere, and not just in the oil producing communities, have very frequently deprived the people the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of the land,” Mr. Osinbajo said.
“That is the Nigerian story. And that is something we must deal with. We cannot continue as if we don’t know. We know.
“It is not just oil producing community issue, it is across the country.”
Mr. Osinbajo continued: “If you look at the numbers of contracts and the volumes of money that have been spent on paper in this country, it is enough to develop several countries. But this money has been usually corruptly taken away.”
The acting president told the people how corruption among the elites was also responsible for the lack of meaningful development in the oil-producing communities.
“I have looked at some of the issues of abandoned projects. I can tell you precisely how much have been voted or spent in several of our communities. And there is no sign of development in those areas.
“I can tell you how many of these projects are supposed to have been completed, and when you looked in the books, they say they have been completed. But they have not been completed. They haven’t even been done. Many have not even been started at all,” he said.