‘Elites putting pressure on Buhari to tone down anti graft fight’ – Osinbajo


By; Sunday Ode, Abuja.
Pressure from some Nigerian elites to slow down the ongoing fight against graft will not deter the Buhari presidency from taking the war to its logical conclusion,  Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said.
“We get regular messages from some Nigerian elites saying cool down,” he told a delegation of Moslem Congress of Nigeria who paid him a courtesy visit in his office.
“It is a very strange morality that some of those people have, very complicated but cutting across all tribes and religious differences,” he also noted.
Contrary however, he pointed out that the masses of the Nigerian people had a clearer understanding of right and wrong.
“The masses don’t have that problem,” he stated.
Osinbajo expressed satisfaction that despite the compromise position of the elites, “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,” the Vice President declared.
He said it was unacceptable that in the last 16 years there was not a single federal government completed road project, not to even talk of rail, noting that “the reason is corruption.”
He said it was the same inordinate desire for enrichment that explained why money meant to procure arms were being distributed among persons at a time when the territorial integrity of the nation was being challenged.
He said: “The insurgency has gone on for 6 years because government could not adequately equip the military.”
But the Vice President assured Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari and himself would not relent.
The Vice President also received delegations from the Nigeria Society of Engineers, NSE and the Facility for Oil Sector Transparency Reform (FOSTER), a group comprising NGOs involved in different issues in the Niger Delta areas.


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