The Nigerian government has reiterated its determination to fight corruption to a standstill, to pave way for the development of all sectors.
Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo disclosed this in Abuja, at the public presentation of a book titled, ‘Anatomy of Corruption in Nigeria-Issues, Challenges and Solutions.’
He said achieving the goal would help the government leave a befitting legacy for citizens of the country at the end of the day.
The Vice President, who described corruption as a threat the country, said it must be fought, because it affects both the lives of citizens and the economy.
Professor Osinbajo lamented that more than half of Nigeria’s reserved funds were carted away by selfish individuals, thus, inflicting a lot of suffering citizens of the country.
“It is a threat that directly affects the lives and livelihood of everyone because it could truly destroy many lives and has continued to destroy our economy. When you consider that Nigeria’s reserve today stands at about $27 billion and we are investigating $15 billion from one sector alone, that’s over half of the entire reserves for the country. That is not just stealing the resource of the country, it is stealing the future as well,” Professor Osinbajo explained.
He, therefore, said all hands must be on deck, to fight the vice in order to move the country forward.
“Unless there is a determined effort at all levels we will find ourselves in a continuous circle of corruption and economic adversity. We should make no excuses for it but fight it with determination,” the Vice President appealed.
Similarly, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmoud Mohammed, who served as the Chairman of the occasion, said concerted efforts must be geared towards eliminating corruption, noting that the coming of the book was timely.
He said under the leadership of President Buhari, Nigerians now show more commitment towards fighting the monster.
“This book is coming at a time when the whole country appears to have developed a resolve to present a united front against the cancer worm of corruption. The collective determination to exterminate it from our country has never been better. Nigerians now have a common course and reason to pursue the fight against corruption and have shown the commitment to publicly challenge same,” he said.
Mohammed extolled the qualities of the author, whom he said was synonymous with integrity, describing him as “one of the most accomplished jurists in Nigeria.”
The Book reviewer, Professor Ademola Popoola, from the law faculty of Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-fe, Southern Nigeria, said the book was well researched and logically presented.
Author of the Book, Mr Yusuf Ali described corruption as a universal phenomenon the bane of many countries, negatively impacting all aspects of life.
“Corruption is a universal phenomenon that had decided to take permanent residence in our country. It has become a second nature, nay firs nature, of many citizens of our country. Corruption has afflicted Nigeria like a curse for so long that it has engendered extensive, deep, devastating, poverty and economic crisis,” he said.
Mr Ali added that countries must therefore embark on systemic, holistic and honest programmes to wean their citizens of the vice, which must be stopped now.