Nigerian traditional rulers should condemn corruption “in the strongest terms”, Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, said on Thursday when he met with a group of traditional rulers and leaders from Remo-Land, Ogun State.
“I think it’s 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,” Osinbajo said.
While the nation was fighting Boko Haram, he lamented, some people were stealing the money, the resources meant to provide the weapons.
“What the leaders did in the past few years is very shameful,” Prof. Osinbajo said.
“Corruption is such a terrible thing and I don’t think it is a matter of politics. I think it’s one thing everybody should be ashamed of, if you consider what the leaders of this country had done.” He added that such corruption can completely cripple the nation.
Osinbajo told the delegation led by Akarigbo of Remo-Land , Oba (Dr) Michael Adeniyi Sonariwo, that the Buhari administration is fully committed to the anti-corruption crusade and “going forward, the determination of this government is to ensure that people know that corruption has consequences.”
According to the Vice President, “we will not only hold those who have served to account, but also hold ourselves to account.” He said this is how to avoid the Hobbesian state of nature where life is “poor, nasty, brutish and short.”
“I think that one of the major problems that we have faced is just that the level of corruption is high. 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.”
THe Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Michael Sonariwo commended the government of President MuhammaduBuhari for its anti-corruption policies, said the Vice President’s spokesman, Mr. Laolu Akande.
Akande said the Vice President met a delegation from the Nigerian Association for Energy Economics (NAEE) on Thursday in the Presidential Villa, Abuja and urged experts in the energy, oil and gas sectors to contribute their expertise in the sector if the sector would overcome all its challenges.
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