Against the backdrop of crackdown on alleged corrupt judicial officers by the Department of State Service, DSS, the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo declared yesterday that all the three tiers of government; the executive, the legislature and the judiciary are corrupt. Speaking yesterday at the 2016 convocation ceremony of the Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti in Ekiti state,
Osinbajo said the country needs re-orientation to wipe out corruption which has permeated every institution of government. It will be recalled that several allegations of corruption have been made against public servants especially in the executive as well as serving ministers. The legislature has also been in the eye of the storm with allegations of budget padding made by former Chairman of the House Committee on Apprpriation. In his speech, Professor Osinbajo said, “All the institutions of government, I mean the executive, legislature and the judiciary are corrupt. What we need is serious reorientation. Value reorientation is a key weapon to fight corruption. That is why the present federal government is intervening, because if we refuse, every facet of the country will fail. We must act fast and deal with the situation as quickly as possible.”
Osinbajo argued that what is happening in the country, especially the high level of poverty in the system and many other menaces bedevilling the country, was a direct consequence of corruption that has permeated every sector of the economy. He therefore assured Nigerians that no sector of the society will be spared in the fight against corruption under the present administration, describing the cankerworm as too endemic to be overlooked.
The Vice President spoke of his “great respect” for Afe Babalola, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, “because of his stand against corruption”, as he recalled that Babalola played an important role in the establishment of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC). “I have great respect for Chief Afe Babalola because of his stand against corruption.
Sometimes in 2002, Chief Babalola argued the case for the establishment of Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission(ICPC) where he let the court realized that corruption is the greatest problem of our nation”, he said. Commending ABUAD for blazing the trail in the academic and other resourceful ventures, Osinbajo advised the graduands to be multi-skilled to be able to compete under the present economic situation. “You must be trustworthy and honest apart from being skillful and resourceful to be able to make a great impact in the future ahead of you.
You must reflect on the values they have inculcated in you in the institution and be conscious of the fact that Nigeria, your country must be great and through which this can be achieved with your contributions”, he advised.
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