Corrupt politicians still regarded as heroes in Nigeria- Osinbajo

Corrupt politicians still regarded as heroes in Nigeria- Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday regretted that Nigerians still see corrupt politicians as some kind hero instead of berating them.

He said Nigerians need to jettison the idea of protecting corrupt politicians because of tribal affiliations.

Osinbajo made the observation while meeting with a delegation of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC led by its Chairman, Itse Sagay at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He also urged anti-Corruption agencies in the country to step up their engagement with the Nigerian public especially because there are still
those who think when a politician who is their kinfolk steals, it is permissible.

“How we communicate what is going on regarding corruption is important. There are still those who think a politician who steals, is some kind of Robin Hood, instead of being vilified,” Osinbajo noted.

He added that “some people believe that if ‘my kinsman’ steals it is ok,” stressing that it is important to completely arbor corruption especially through the way it is communicated.

Osinbajo commended the PACAC for their work adding that the Committee has done well in removing skepticism as to whether an anti-corruption
initiative can work in the country.

“This has been very good,” the Vice President declared, explaining that the Committee has given credibility to the anti-corruption war.

The PACAC was established in 2015 as part of the President’s strategy to combat corruption in the country. The committee was saddled with
the tasks of promoting reform agenda in anti-corruption, advising the government on the prosecution of the war against corruption as well as
the implementation of reforms in the country’s criminal justice system.

Expressing satisfaction with the progress of the anti-corruption war, especially with the role of PACAC, the Vice President also noted that
it is important that corruption trials once commenced are promptly concluded.

In his response,  Sagay said PACAC has engaged with all anti-corruption agencies in the country, including the police and the
judiciary. “We are cooperating effectively well with them,” he disclosed.

Sagay who was accompanied by the Executive Secretary of the Committee, Bolaji Owasanoye and members including Hadiza Bala-Usman,
Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, called for a harmonized National Anti-Corruption Strategy for the Federal
Government.

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