Nigeria’s Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has stated that the current administration’s fight against corruption will touch every sector in the society because all government institutions in the country are corrupt.
The VP made the assertion on Friday at the 2016 convocation ceremony of the Afe Babalola University in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti state.
According to Osinbajo, re-orientation is key in the fight against corruption in the country.
His words: “I have a great respect for Chief Afe Babalola because of his stand against corruption. Sometimes in 2002, Chief Babalola argued the case for the establishment of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission where he let the court realise that corruption is the greatest problem of our nation.
“All the institutions of government, I mean the executive, legislature and the judiciary are corrupt. What we need is serious reorientation. That is why ABUAD is a great university because it teaches knowledge, character and morality. So, value reorientation is a key weapon to fight corruption.
“That is why the Federal Government is intervening, because if we refuse to act, every facet of the country will fail. We must act fast and deal with the situation as quickly as possible.”
The vice president also urged the graduands to be honest and trustworthy, and to acquire skills beyond the scope of their disciplines.
He continued: “You must be trustworthy and honest apart from being skillful and resourceful to be able to make a great impact in the future ahead of you.”
“You must reflect on the values they have inculcated in you in the institution and be conscious of the fact that Nigeria, your country, must be great, which can be achieved with your contributions.”