- VP Yemi Osinbajo has insisted that only a few countries in the world can claim to have a low level of corruption, asserting that none is in Africa
- The vice president said corruption and illicit financial flows out of Africa traps majority of the continent’s people in misery and poverty
- According to Osinbajo, corruption will ensure that majority of the people do not benefit from whatever gains are made by countries
Prof Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s vice president, has insisted that only a few countries in the world can claim to have a low level of corruption, asserting that none is in Africa.
Osinbajo made the comment at the launch of the FLAG’IT App by the Akin Fadeyi Foundation in Abuja on Thursday, October 10, The Guardian reports.
Legit.ng gathers the vice president was represented at the event by the special adviser to the president on rule of law, Fatima Waziri-Azi.
He said: “The 2019 Global Corruption Barometer on African citizens’ views and experiences of corruption highlights that while most of the people surveyed in 35 countries felt that corruption had increased in their country, a majority equally felt that they, as citizens, could make a difference in the fight against corruption.
“Only a few countries in the world can claim to have a low level of corruption and none of these countries is in Africa.”
Osinbajo said there is a consensus that corruption and illicit financial flows out of Africa traps majority of the continent’s people in misery and poverty, especially the most vulnerable.
He said it also delays development and worsens practically all human development indices.
The vice president said: “It doesn’t matter how much revenue a country generates or how transformed it is or how progressive its plans, corruption will ensure that majority of the people do not benefit from whatever gains are made, which is why despite the highest oil revenues in our history, debt doubled and poverty figures rose.
“This is why the major pillar of this administration’s socio-economic agenda is the fight against corruption.”
Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo disclosed that the fight against corruption was being resisted by the corrupt menace and that President Muhammadu Buhari was doing everything possible to lift Nigerians out of poverty.
He made the disclosure during a convocation lecture at the Osun State University. He said the Buhari led-administration would continue to fight against corruption to move Nigeria forward.
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