Nigeria restates commitment to anti-graft war

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is committed to sustaining the anti-corruption fight, ensure that the system is cleaned up and government business done the right way.

Speaking during a courtesy visit by the Nigerian Association of Law Teachers in the State House, Abuja, the Vice President noted that the fight against corruption was a difficult one, saying “we have seen it in so many different ways that at almost every state, corruption fights back and fights very fiercely.”

“If we are not able to sustain the trouble against corruption, we will end up in a very, very bad way as a nation,” Professor Osinbajo said, noting that the defence contract of $15 billion which was frittered away in people’s pockets, “is half of our country’s foreign reserves.”

According to him, there is need for Nigerians to examine their priorities because corruption is not just a moral issue, but existential challenge.

He said: “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 said that in response to the malaise of corruption, the elite, whether religious, political in particular or academic, must stand up for what is right.

NALTS Conference

Earlier, the leader of the Association, Prof. Godwin Nwabueze Okeke, expressed appreciation to the vice president for being available for the visit and invited him to declare open the forthcoming 50th Conference of the Association which will take place at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, in June, 2017.

He said the association was solidly in support of the federal government and would be ready to assist in whichever way it is needed.

Speaking to State House Correspondents after the meeting, Professor Okeke said the theme of the conference would be “law, security and national development.”

“We are going to look at the nexus between law and security and also give expert opinion on how the nation is going to move forward despite the security challenges and still maintain the developmental strides that the nation is making,” he said.

Professor Okeke, who is also the Dean, Faculty of Law, Nnamdi Azikiwe Univsersity, Awka, Anambra State, South East Nigeria, said NALT would use the conference to bring their expertise as law teachers in trying to find solution to the problem of security that has besieged Nigeria in recent time.

He said: “We want to actually use the forum as medium to brainstorm on ways of ensuring that lives and properties are secured in Nigeria and also that we are going to really have a sustainable security policy as far as Nigeria is concerned.”

Professor Okeke said the standard of law education in Nigeria is still high, explaining that the incident of bad eggs in the profession is not peculiar to law.

“In all cases we have bad eggs in any system and so when you are talking of standard, you know you don’t have an idealistic system sort of that everything is okay from the moment that you start a programme,” he said, pointing out that “the standard has to do with making sure that the ethics of the profession are maintained and sustained over a period of time,” he said.

Source: Voice of Nigeria