Nigeria’s vice-president elect, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo in emphasizing the need for zero tolerance for corruption said wealthy Nigeria will be made to declare assets and reveal source of their wealth when Buhari’s government kicks in.
Speaking on Friday while delivering the keynote address at the Abuja edition of The Platform, Osinbajo said the incoming administration would ensure zero tolerance for corruption by reforming the Justice system.Punch quotes him saying: “We have always talked about zero tolerance for corruption but it is also important that people are made to understand that there will be consequence for corruption.“What we have seen so far is that there is hardly any consequence and people simply get away with it and if you get away with it often, it sends a message to everyone that there is no problem, and we need to fix that whole thinking that there has to be a consequence for corrupt practices.
Osinbajo says Nigerians must reveals how they come about their enormous wealth: “People have to explain, for instance, if you are a public servant, that how come you have 50 houses. Somebody needs to ask you those questions and some of the reasons people get away with that is our criminal justice system.”He says for Nigerians to take corruption seriously Nigeria must reform the criminal justice system.“Our criminal justice system needs to be fixed. The system is slow and it almost always ensures that people who have been charged with offenses would not be tried forever and after a while people forget that people are on trial.“We have to fix that criminal justice system to ensure that criminal trials are speedy and that anyone who is guilty of an offense will be punished for that offense.
“The truth is that the system of protection, investigation and trial of people is wrong and the truth is that everybody gets away with criminality in Nigeria and I think there is a need for us to review the system such that it begins to work.”Osinbajo added that the Nigerian Police force would undergo some reforms in order to reduce corruption.Buhari and Osinbajo have repeatedly said their government will ensure that corruption at all levels of government and the Nigerian society will be reduced. They have promised to make any one guilty of corruption especially politicians face the full brunt of the law.Buhari meanwhile has previously stated that he will be forgiving of any politician who has corruption charges against him before he comes into power but will be less pleasing after he comes to power.Along with corruption, Buhari/Osinbajo have promised to fight unemployment, insecurity and revive the failing industries in the country.