Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has raised the alarm that with the way corruption is being perpetrated in Nigeria, the three arms of government must collaborate “to rescue our nation from looming disaster.”
The vice president stated that corruption threatened the country’s security, health, education and even its corporate existence.
He spoke in Abuja yesterday at a workshop jointly organised by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the National Judicial Institute. His speech was released late last night to journalists by his spokesman, Laolu Akande.
According to him, “There is no question at all that this is the time for us to open a new page in the entire anti-corruption fight.”
Osinbajo, who said corruption was worse than the security challenge, revealed that former president Goodluck Jonathan, two weeks before the 2015 elections, released cash in excess of N100 billion and over $250 million “ostensibly for security purposes.”
“The aggregate sum released was more than some states earned in a whole year. That is the enormity of the embezzlement that we are talking about.”
Osinbajo said all nations that had successfully confronted corruption did one thing in common: the administration of the justice system changed its attitude to the investigation and trial of corruption cases.