By; Sunday Ode, Abuja
Vice President Osinbajo has said Nigerians would be ashamed of their past leaders if they knew what they did with their commonwealth.
Osinbajo regretted that while the country was at war with Boko Haram insurgents, some of its past leaders were busy stealing mindlessly to the extent of depriving the nation of resources to procure military equipment.
Accordingly, he urged the traditional rulers to raise their voices in unison against the scourge of corruption and support the ongoing fight by government to rid the nation of the menace.
The Vice President spoke while receiving traditional rulers and leaders from Remo Land in Ogun State in his office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said: “I think it is right that we condemn corruption in strong terms, more so that traditional rulers do not belong to any political party. The kind of corruption we experienced in the recent past is the kind that in any other part of the world it would be considered as a crime against humanity.
“What the leaders did in the past few years is very shameful.
“Corruption is such a terrible thing and I don’t think it is a matter of politics. I think it is one thing everybody should be ashamed of, if you consider what the leaders of this country had done,” Osinbajo pointed out.
The Vice President told the delegation led by Akarigbo of Remo-Land, Oba Michael Adeniyi Sonariwo, that the Buhari administration was fully committed to the anti-corruption crusade and “going forward, the determination of this government is to ensure that people know that corruption has consequences.”
He added: “we will not only hold those who have served to account, but also hold ourselves to account.”
Earlier in his remarks, Oba Sonariwo commended the government of President MuhammaduBuhari for its anti-corruption policies, a statement by the media office of the vice President noted.