Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo, has openly addressed the issue of corruption that has eaten into the fabric of the country, and stated the importance of a collective effort in openly condemning its practices within our shores.

Speaking on his behalf at the 1st Annual General Assembly of Catholics in Politics and Catholic Business Leaders, was Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande.

In the statement read out, Osinbajo termed corruption as ‘cancer’ to the Nation, encouraging Nigerians not to give up in the battle to eradicate its practices.

The event which held on Friday was themed, ‘The Advancement of the Common Good towards Justice, Unity, Structure and Development of Nigeria.’

Dignitaries present included the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong; Deputy Governors of Osun State, Gboyega Alabi; Akwa Ibom State, Moses Ekpo; Edo State, Philip Shaibu; Prof. Nora Daduut; and Catholic Archbishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, who was represented by Raymond Aina.

The Vice President also buttressed the need to work towards the common good of the Nigerian people amidst diversities and ethnicities.

“The purpose of power is service, not domination; it is to uplift and empower others rather than to control or oppress. This is a model of leadership that is inseparable from our conception of the common good.

“Transformational leadership is, therefore, the pursuit of the common good. But the pursuit of the common good itself is not as easy as it sounds. This is especially so where the wounds and enmities of ethnic and religious conflicts are deep.

“The common type of leadership will seek the path of relevance and popularity within their own ethnic or religious camps by seeking only the good of their own. The servant-leader will serve his people by emphasising the letter and spirit of the gospel, that even our worst enemies were still made in the image of God. And the pursuit of the common good is the pursuit of the good of those who hate us and have hurt us even in the recent past,” he said.

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