Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN has through a press release denouncing corruption and saying that it is antithetical and inimical to the development of any nation.
In a press release issued by his Senior Special Assistant (Media &Publicity), Laolu Akande the VP declared that no one has a right to pocket public money and asked the nation’s citizens to uphold justice in their lives.
He explained that ‘’when there is a fight against corruption, it is not an ethnic fight; it is not an ethnic battle. People can come up with all sorts of things and say it is selective. People say the reason why a man is being tried for corruption is because he is a Yoruba man, or he is from the North or from the South. We should not encourage this kind of ideas.’’
Osinbajo then announced that when he received the delegation of the Yoruba Traditional Council in the Northern States and Abuja led by the Chairman, His Royal Highness, Ambassador Mohammed Arigbabuwo, he noticed that there is no nation which has become great through corruption, instead it has ruined nations upon nations.
‘’When those empires attain greatness and they begin to allow corruption, then they collapse’’, the Vice President noted. Stating the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari to the fight corruption, Prof. Osinbajo said ‘’ President Muhammadu Buhari has committed this current government to a pathway of integrity. ‘’For the first time, I think in a very long time, the President is saying that this country can only move forward if we show ourselves as men and women of integrity’’, he noted.
He then urged for the support of the traditional rulers in the crusade against corruption in Nigeria.
He then explained that the nations traditions has always been strongly against corruption and praised the Yoruba communities from the Northern states for living peacefully with their hosts in their various communities, he implored them to imbibe the attributes of ‘‘Omoluabi’’ which he explains represents the positive virtues of forthrightness and integrity. [Omoluabi means a forthright, loyal and respectful person] He declared that ‘’ I think you have demonstrated clearly by living in the north, living in Abuja and making your home and businesses here, that you believe in this country
The trumpet call of the Buhari administration of which Osinbajo is the vice president has always been anti corruption but as Nigeria gears up to 100 days in office, critics have started to ask where is the benefits of the new government.