Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has spoken on the case of the former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina.
Speaking at the Greater Nigeria Pastors Conference on Lagos, Osinbajo said the country’s system made it possible for criminals to escape justice.
He said, “If you look at our present federal structure, it is designed in such a way that you may be able to hide somewhere for a day or two before you are found.
“Otherwise, how do you explain a situation where a fugitive suddenly appears and finds his way back into the system? How did he get there?
“What Buhari did immediately he heard about the matter was to query how it happened and ordered his disengagement, which is the right thing to do. As for what will happen, we may have to wait and see.
“We must deal with corruption decisively. It is created by leadership elite that includes not just politicians but also religious leaders and people in the private sector.
“We must also deal with tribalism, religion and other parochial tendencies. It is difficult to find national leaders today. Many Nigerians speak from a tribal perspective.
“There is no nation on the face of the earth that would survive under the weight of corruption that our country had gone through. Nigeria’s elite, regardless of political, religious or ethnic differences, think alike. They are driven largely by the same motive.
“They are selfish, unprepared to make the sacrifices either in service or self-restraint that leaders of successive societies make. High-level corruption knows no religion, ethnicity or other considerations.
“Corrupt elements in our society are united; they fight for each other and are prepared to go down together. They are actually one tribe, indivisible despite their diversity.
“We have to address the issue of corruption pointedly. The system is corrupt. Corruption is generally the rule in our society. This is a time to build. We can become Africa’s most productive nation in the very near future.”
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