There will be no sacred cows in the ongoing war against corruption, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) vowed yesterday.
He made the vow at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja yesterday while speaking in an audience with a group of radio journalists and producers.
The vice president stressed that even close friends of President Muhammadu Buhari would not be spared in the war against corruption.
Prof. Osinbajo described corruption as “the major drain on the country’s resources”, noting that fighting graft was a priority of the present administration.
“No one will be spared in the fight against corruption because, even the close friends of the president know that they will not be spared. He (President Buhari) will not cover for them. Fighting corruption is a priority”, Osinbajo declared.
The vice president also spoke about the current economic recession in the country, blaming it on oil price fall and pipeline vandalism.
He said: “We were producing up to 2.2 million barrels a day, but all of a sudden, the vandalism of our terminals caused us to lose up to a million barrels a day.
“So, when you lose up to 60 percent of your revenue or even more, there must be a shock because you’re really earning very little. We will ensure that the very little we are earning is as well managed as possible”.
Osinbajo also said that the government felt the pains currently being experienced by the citizens and was committed to assuaging them.
According to him, “We fully understand and appreciate the situation of things in the country, and we’re committed to ensuring that the pain is assuaged.
“The president stated that clearly in his October 1st broadcast to the nation. All his life, he (Buhari) has been a salary earner, he has never been a businessman. So, he understands why someone who earns a salary and even those who do not are severely challenged at this time of economic recession such as we’re experiencing”.
He also reiterated the government’s commitment to developing the economy with a view to enabling citizens to find opportunities within the nation.
“I want to assure Nigerians that the government of President Buhari is a very focused and determined government”, the vice president added.
He listed the ‘Made-in-Nigeria’ project, moving away from import dependence, boosting agriculture and encouraging manufacturing as some of the measures the government was taking to move the country forward.