Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), said on Thursday that the present administration was happy with the contributions of Nigerians in the Diaspora to national development.
He made the remark when some members of the Nigerians in Diaspora group paid him a courtesy visit at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Osinbajo, who noted that Nigerians abroad had demonstrated that the country was united and indivisible and expressed the hope that they would continue in that direction, said there is some innate greatness in the Nigerian person and that greatness can emerge and will emerge, if the right leadership is given to various sectors.
“The kind of thing we are seeing today is just on account of the fact that in your various capacities, you have shown leadership, commitment, and the ideals that we are waiting for to happen to many of our youths.
“The story of Nigeria is about the unity of all of you in different parts of the world and I think the day will come when people will realize that Nigerians have the innate gene to achieve greatness”, he told his visitors.
Osinbajo thanked the group for rallying round the present administration in its development programmes and promised that the administration will lift the country higher.
He also told the group that the Muhammadu Buhari administration was running a people-oriented agenda. “It is a people-oriented agenda, it is a bottom-up agenda because we strongly believe that the Nigerian people have the capacity to do great and incredible things so long as the leadership shows integrity, transparency and openness”.
He stressed that the administration would act in manners that would enable the people to have confidence and trust in it rather than do what could betray them; such as corruption.
Osinbajo expressed government’s willingness to engage the Diaspora group by providing opportunities for them to participate in the change agenda of the administration.
“We are all set for a change and we will see a great Nigeria and our children will witness it”, he added.
Former Chairman of the House Committee on Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, who led the delegation, said Nigerians were excelling abroad and that the creation of a Diaspora commission would enable the members to key into government programmes.
Chukuka Ezewuzie, Larry Ekundayo, and Olusegun Ajose, all members of the group, said they were ready to bring their expertise to train the grassroots youths in various fields, including sports.