The Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo is seeking more collaborations among the anti-graft agencies and other stakeholders in the fight to curb corruption in the country.
Speaking at an anti-corruption summit organised by the Office of the Vice President and the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), in Abuja, Osinbajo said the struggle against corruption is one for the soul and substance of the country.
He also advocated for a new national re-orientation and attitudinal change for the country to prevail in the corruption fight.
Osinbajo said; “Our struggle against corruption is one for the soul and substance of our Nation.
“The battle must be a collective one, corruption fights back with venom, guile and force, it is relentless and unashamed we who fight it must meet it with greater resolve and force.
“We can only win by working together with a common vision.”
Osinbajo also made reference to a recent Pricewaterhouse Coopers’ study, which concluded that Nigeria’s 2030 GDP could be up to $534 billion or more if it reduces corruption, pointing out that the country’s high revenue could not translate to development if corruption is not checked.
He stressed, “It doesn’t matter how much revenue a country makes or how transformative its plans are corruption will ensure that the majority of the people do not benefit from it or simply truncate the plan.
“Which is why despite the highest oil revenues in our history debt doubled and poverty figures rose.
“It is for these reasons that President Muhammadu Buhari famously warned that if we don’t kill Corruption Corruption will kill us, which is why a major pillar of our government’s socio economic agenda is the fight against corruption.”