The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has emphasized the need for the ongoing war against corruption to continue, stressing that it is mandatory to correct the dark side that has eaten the nation’s economy.
The VP, perceived that the nation had witnessed excessive corruption, saying that “no economy can tolerate the level of corruption seen in Nigeria without consequences.
“Look at the North-East, while a war is going, Nigerian lives being lost, some local governments being taken over, yet people cannot account for $15 billion meant for purchases of security equipment,” he said.
While giving details of the present administration’s determination to the fight against corruption, Prof Osinbajo said that “we are not sitting down focusing on it, all we do is to empower the relevant agencies – EFCC and co – to do their jobs. Our main focus is the national economy.”
Although, he is convinced that Nigeria was still blessed with honest people, adding that as a nation, it is vital to pay serious attention to issues of integrity. He has, therefore, said it is important that Nigerians insist the problem of corruption must be dealt with.
He made the assertion while receiving a delegation of the University of Lagos Alumni Association, who paid him a courtesy visit at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday.
“We’ve watched corruption fighting back. Some people even said bring back corruption, but not the man on the street,” he said.
“The corruption has been so much. Look at the sheer amount of money stolen and decisions taken that fuel corruption, decisions taken just with the sole aim of cornering national resources.
Continuing, he said “what catches our attention is the kind of discoveries we get and hear of daily.”
“I can say President Muhammadu Buhari is completely focused on dealing with issues that concerns this country. I work everyday with the president, so I can say so. He is totally focused on how to make this country a better place to live,” he said.
The Alumni Association of UNILAG was led by Dr Sunny Kuku, who stressed the group’s support for the present administration.
He said members of the association were proud that one of them rose to the high office of the Vice-President.