We have to completely delegitimise corruption, VP Osinbajo says

Anti-Corruption agencies in the country have been urged to step
up their engagement with the Nigerian public especially because there are still
those who think when a politician who is their kinfolk steals, it is
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, made the observation earlier this
week while meeting with a delegation of the Presidential Advisory Committee
Against Corruption, PACAC led by its Chairman, Prof. Itse Sagay at the
Presidential Villa.
“How we communicate what is going on regarding corruption
is important. There are still those who think a politician who steals, is some
kind of Robin Hood, instead of being vilified,” Prof Osinbajo noted.
He added that “some people believe that if ‘my kinsman’
steals it is ok,” stressing that it is important to completely
delegitimise corruption especially through the way it is communicated.
He praised the work of PACAC. “I commend the excellent work
you have done so far from the beginning,” he told the PACAC delegation,
adding that the Committee has done very well removing skepticism as to whether
an anti-corruption initiative can work well in the country.
“This has been very good,” the Vice President
declared, explaining that the Committee has given credibility to the
anti-corruption war.
While expressing satisfaction that the anti-corruption war has
been going on very well, especially with the role of PACAC, the Vice President
also noted that it is important that corruption trials once commenced should be
concluded promptly.
In his comments at the meeting, Prof. Sagay said PACAC has
engaged with all anti-corruption agencies in the country, including the police
and the judiciary. “We are cooperating effectively well with them,”
he disclosed.
Sagay who was accompanied by the Executive Secretary of the
Committee, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye and members including Hadiza Bala-Usman,
Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, called for an
harmonized National Anti-Corruption Strategy for the Federal Government.

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