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Fight against corruption is a difficult battle –Osinbajo



Fight against corruption is a difficult battle –Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), has described the fight against corruption as a tough battle and that corruption “fights in back and fights very fiercely”.

He however assured that the President Muhammadu Buhari/led government is committed to sustaining the anti-corruption fight to ensure that the system is cleaned up and government business is done the right way.

The VP stated this when Nigerian Association of Law Teachers, paid him a courtesy visit in the State House, Abuja.

“The fight against corruption is a difficult fight, we have seen it in so many different ways that at almost every state, corruption fights back and fights very fiercely,” he said.

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

“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.”

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On how to respond to the malaise of corruption, Osinbajo said that the intellectual elites, whether religious, political in particular or academic elites must stand up for what is right.

Speaking at a separate meeting with a delegation of Niger Delta Expatriate Mentorship Committee, an initiative led by the Minister of Niger Delta, Mr. Uguru Usani Uguru in his office, Osinbajo restated that the Federal Government is keen in its desire to support the establishment of a Chamber of Commerce for young people across the Niger Delta region to drive creativity and entrepreneurship.

The outcome of the meetings was made available to newsmen in a statement by the senior special assistant, media and publicity to the President, Office of the Vice President, Laolu Akande.

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  1. Animashaun Ayodeji

    April 12, 2017 at 9:45 am

    We all know the fight against corruption is not easy, however, if the government is not strong enough to carry on with the battle, they should let us know instead of fighting it with preferential treatments.

    • Agbor Chris

      April 12, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      There’s no how they can go about it without favoring some people ahead of others. It cannot be a fair fight because of their political interests and differences.

  2. Anita Kingsley

    April 12, 2017 at 9:48 am

    There is nothing difficult in the fight, the federal government has all it takes to fight, the problem we are having is the decision on who to fight and who not to fight. If FG can be free and fair since the anti-corruption fight started, by now corruption would have reduced in the country

    • yanju omotodun

      April 12, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      It’s difficult truly. If Buhari must fight corruption the way it should be, he will step on so many toes which till in turn affect him.


    April 13, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Well, if it’s difficult to fight corruption, then they should forget fighting it and allow it thrives the more. Nonsense.
    They are only being afraid, if not it is very easy to fight corruption when you remove sentiment and emotion.

    • seyi jelili

      April 13, 2017 at 11:12 am

      And sentiment and emotion are integral part of humanity. So we cant do away from them.

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