Corruption: Past leaders are ‘very shameful’ – VP Osinbajo


In other climes, the kind of corruption witnessed in Nigeria in the past, would be described as a crime against humanity, says the Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.


Osinbajo on Thursday, berated the former leaders of Nigeria, whom he says shamelessly pilfered the nation’s coffers.

A statement released by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, quoted the Vice-President, to have made the utterances when he received a delegation of Remo Traditional Rulers and Chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Osinbajo said: “As leaders, we must condemn corruption in the strongest terms. It is right that we condemn corruption in strong terms, more so that traditional rulers do not belong to any political party.”

“The kind of corruption we experienced in the recent past is the kind that in any other part of the world it would be considered as a crime against humanity. What the leaders did in the past few years is very shameful.”

“Corruption is such a terrible thing and I don’t think it is a matter of politics. I think its one thing everybody should be ashamed of, if you consider what the leaders of this country had done.”

Furthermore, the Vice-President said the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration would not relent in its war against corruption.

Osinbajo said the Federal Government would ensure that everybody ultimately, becomes aware of the consequences of corruption.

“We are trying to put in place a system that ensures that there is consequence if you do wrong, so that the people you serve are not treated like animals. I think that one of the major problems that we have faced is just that the level of corruption is high.”

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“The fact is that when you look at what has happened, the truth is stranger than fiction. When you look at the facts and figures, it doesn’t make sense.”

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