Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has raised an alarm ahead of 2019, saying that “disaster looms in Nigeria”.
The Vice President stated that
corruption threatened the country’s security, health, education, and
even its corporate existence.
He spoke in Abuja, on Wednesday, at a
Workshop jointly organised by the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC, and the National Judicial Institute.
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 ahead of 2019.”
He stated that the Executive was
determined to provide whatever required, “to ensure that all of the
cases that need to be heard and investigations that need to be done, are
done. This is the collaboration of all of us; the Executive, the
Judiciary, and the Legislature, must see this as a fight for the soul of
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
“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.
“GAVI, the global fund for the provision
of vaccines for the poorest in developing countries, stopped providing
funds to Nigeria, for alleged mismanagement of funds by the Ministry of
Health officials, between 2011 and 2013. Nigeria had to refund $2.2
million. These were vaccines and drugs meant to fight AIDS, TB, and
Malaria, among the poorest of the poor of our country.
“The enormous resources in the hands of
perpetrators today is used to subvert justice, to bribe pliable senior
government officials, to bribe in some cases Judicial Officers, to
subvert the legislative process and, of course, even to subvert the
Press. The problem with corruption is that it is cancer. It may be
terminal if not checked.
”The failure of African States, civil
wars, and destruction of lives and livelihoods, is the result of the
failure of institutions largely caused by endemic systemic corruption.”