Nigerian Elites frustrating corruption war –Osinbajo

Yemi Osinbajo

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has said Nigerian elite are frustrating the anti-corruption war and drawing the country backward.

Osinbajo also said corruption, tribalism, religion and other parochial tendencies are stumbling blocks to a new Nigeria that would compete with the best economies in the world.

The vice president spoke in Igbogene, Bayelsa State, yesterday, during inauguration of the state’s 10,000-seater Ecumenical Centre

Osinbajo, who was represented by Aso Rock Chaplain, Pastor Seyi Malomo, noted that Nigerians must be ready to deal decisively with corruption as it has affected all institutions in the country.

“Permit me, then, to make a concluding submission. It is my view that Nigerian elite, political, business, religious regardless of our faith and ethnicity; they think alike. They are driven by largely similar motivations. The elite are usually self-centred, selfish and unprepared to make the sacrifices either in service or self restraint those leaders of successful communities or nation must make. Playing the religious or ethnic card when necessary so that the masses can be happy is grossly cynical and difficult.

They are in government, in the Legislature, Judiciary and the Press. These are those who come together to commit corruption. It is my respectful submission that, to build a new Nigeria, we need a new tribe, a tribe of men and women of all faith, tribes and ethnicity that are committed to a country run on high values, values of integrity, hard work and justice and love for the country.”

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