Benue state governor faults FG’s war against corruption

Benue state governor faults FG’s war against corruption

- The Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, has berated the federal government over its fight against corruption

- Governor Ortom described the current administration's anti-graft war as selective

- The governor went on to note that petty thieves are jailed while those who stole billions go free

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The anti-graft war by the current administration has been described as a selective fight, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has said.

According to The Guardian, Ortom berated the Nigerian government over its anti-corruption war, describing the fight as selective during the International Youth Day celebration in Makurdi on Wednesday, August 12.

Ortom said Nigeria's rule of law was selective as there are sacred cows that cannot be touched. He went on to note that those who stole billions of naira roam freely while the petty thieves are being jailed.

He described the orientation being handed down to youths, as ‘negative’ but advised them to strive to be good citizens.

Benue state governor faults FG’s war against corruption

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state
Source: UGC

The governor also warned young Nigerians against using derogatory remarks on leaders, adding that such was not the purpose for the creation of social media platforms.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that President Buhari reiterated the commitment of his administration to fight against corruption without fear.

Buhari reiterated his stance on the fight against corruption at the graduation of the National Defence College Course 28 in Abuja on Thursday, August 6.

The president who was represented by the minister of defence, Bashir Magashi, said the fight against corruption remains a priority for the administration no matter who is involved. He noted that the anti-graft war was chosen in the interest of the nation.

In a related development, 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).

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.

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