VP Osinbajo challenges traditional rulers on corruption

Timothy Choji, Abuja

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has challenged traditional rulers in Nigeria to raise a strong voice of condemnation against those who have stolen public funds and were engaged in corruption, capable of crippling the country.

Meeting with a group of traditional rulers and leaders from Remo-Land, Ogun State, the Vice President said they must condemn corruption in the strongest terms.

According to him, “I think its right that we condemn corruption in strong terms, more so that traditional rulers do not belong to any political party. The kind of corruption we experienced in the recent past is the kind that in any other parts of the world it would be considered as a crime against humanity.” 

 He noted that the kind of corruption that has been observed in the country is one for which people should be concerned.

While the nation is fighting a war, he said, some people were stealing resources meant to provide weapons.  “What the leaders did in the past few years is very shameful,” Prof. Osinbajo emphasized.

He said corruption was such a terrible thing that could cripple a nation, no matter how financially strong it was.

“I don’t think it is a matter of politics, I think its one thing everybody should be ashamed of, if you consider what the leaders of this country had done,” he said. 

Vice President Osinbajo told the delegation led by Akarigbo of Remo-Land , Oba Michael Adeniyi Sonariwo, that the Buhari administration was fully committed to the anti-corruption crusade and the government was  determined to ensure that people know that corruption has consequences. 

According to the Vice President, “we will not only hold those who have served to account, but also hold ourselves to account.”  

 Stating that the anti-corruption fight is hinged on transparency and government is trying to put in place a system that ensures that there were consequences to certain actions.

He further stated that: “I think that one of the major problems that we have faced is just that the level of corruption is high. The fact is that when you look at what has happened, the truth is stranger than fiction. When you look at the facts and figures, it doesn’t make sense.” 

Earlier in his remarks, the Akarigbo of Remo Land, Oba Michael Sonariwo commended the government of President Muhammadu Buhari for its anti-corruption policies.