ABUJA, The government of President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to sustaining the anti-corruption fight, ensure that the system is cleaned up and government business is done the right way, says Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
“If we are not able to sustain the struggle against corruption, we will end up in a very, very bad way as a nation,” Osinbajo said when a delegation from the Nigerian Association of Law Teachers called on him at State House Abuja Tuesday.
He noted that the country’s defence budget of 15 billion US dollars, which was frittered away in people’s pockets, “is half of our country’s foreign reserves”.
The Vice-President acknowledged that the fight against corruption is a difficult fight and said “we have seen it in so many different ways that in almost every state, corruption fights back and fights very fiercely”.
Osinbajo added: “We should be able to examine our priorities because for us corruption is not a moral issue, it is an existential issue.”
“To a large extent, it will determine whether we will survive as a corporate whole because of the way people feel that when I get into an office I will go after the resources of the State, and I will go after it in the most vicious and the most reckless manner that is possible.”
He urged that in response to the malaise of corruption, the intellectual elites, whether religious, political in particular or academic elites must stand up for what is right.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK