- Nigeria's vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, has said the anti-graft war by the current administration is facing resistance from corrupt people
- Osinbajo made the disclosure at the 20th anniversary Africa regional webinar of the ICPC
- The vice president accused some people of using social media to spread outrageous allegations
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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said the anti-graft war by the current administration is facing resistance from some suspected corrupt individuals.
Osinbajo made the disclosure on Tuesday, July 14, at the 20th anniversary Africa regional webinar of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Daily Trust reported.
The vice president said corrupt people always fight back because they have the resources to do so.
He pointed out that one of the tactics employed by corrupt people in fighting back is by sponsoring outrageous allegations against persons perceived to be fighting corruption through social media.
“The technique is not new, the idea is to paint everybody with the same tar so that you cannot recognise the truly corrupt or the truly corrupt activity, and the genuine whistle-blowing is discredited as a result," Osinbajo said.
The vice president said those making the false allegations try to hide behind the slow court system, knowing that it may take a long time for their victims to get redress in court.
He said the fight against corruption is likely to get more difficult in the future because many people will become discouraged in standing up against corruption.
Osinbajo called for the need to prioritise the fight against corruption continually both as individuals and institutions.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian presidency has accused faceless persons of spreading false reports about Osinbanjo through some unknown bloggers. Laolu Akande, the senior special assistant on media and publicity to the vice president made the accusation on Monday, July 13, during an Instagram live session with Dele Momodu of Ovation Magazine.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng, Akande said the fake reports were aimed at distracting the vice president from focusing on his job.
However, Osinbajo remains focused on delivering on his job despite facing a campaign of calumny by these faceless persons.
Akande pointed out that President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo took the mandate Nigerians have given them very seriously and are determined to get the work done.
In another report, following the suspension and ongoing probe of the former acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, the presidency has reiterated President Buhari's commitment to rid Nigeria of corruption and corrupt practices.
The presidency made the assurance in its reply to the barrage of criticisms that greeted Magu's probe, especially from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The presidency said President Buhari, who doubles as African Union (AU) anti-corruption champion in Africa, would not be deterred by baseless criticisms by the opposition in his determination to eradicate rampant, chronic corruption.
Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, who gave this position in a chat with State House correspondents in Abuja on Tuesday, July 14, was responding to issues raised by the PDP since the beginning of the interrogation of the suspended acting chairman of the EFCC.
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