Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has stated that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is currently under intense pressure from the elite to stop the ongoing fight against corruption.
The revelation, which was brought to light in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, on Thursday, February 4, did not however indicate the names of the Nigerian aristocrats who are behind the campaign.
The statement, which was made while granting audience to a delegation from the Muslim Congress of Nigeria at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, quoted the vice president as saying that pressure from some Nigerian elites to slow down the ongoing fight against corruption would not deter the Buhari presidency from ridding the country of the problem of corruption.
The VP said: “We get regular messages from some Nigerian elite saying ‘cool down.’
“It is a very strange morality that some of those people have, (which is) very complicated, and cutting across all tribes and religious differences.”
Osinbajo said the position of those putting pressure on the government was that “it (corruption) is not a big deal.”
The VP also noted that the Nigerian people on the contrary had a clearer understanding of right and wrong and “the masses don’t have that problem.”
Although some elites are saying “it is not a big deal,” and that government should merely ask the looters of the commonwealth of the nation to return the money and go, Osinbajo expressed gladness that “a new tribe of Nigerians who would not compromise their values but would maintain a sense of right and wrong is now emerging.
“The man on the street is very clear, so whatever some of these elites say, we shall keep our focus on the masses who voted for us,” he declared.