Yemi Osinbajo, the vice-president, says Nigerian political elites are often times in the way of getting rid of corrupt officials.
The Cable reports that Osinbajo made the statement in Abuja on Monday, October 22, when speaking at the 24 Nigerian economic summit plenary on corruption and rule of law.
The vice-president said Nigerian elites were often times hindrances to ridding the government of corrupt officials.
I would like to refer to the Nigerian elite, and it’s probably not fair to be that broad, but practically, every segment, because people who have access to you, they could be political leaders, religious leaders, business leaders, whoever has access to you,” Osinbajo said.
“We have a system where people just feel like, ‘why don’t you just give this guy a break?’ Which again is part of the problem. You don’t get one call, you get several calls.”
He said the current administration was working hard to stop systematic corruption in the county, noting that he had seen how much impact corruption can have on a country.
He said the slow pace of the Nigerian judicial process had impact on the war against corruption, but noted that the two conviction of former executive governors secured by the federal government has shown that the hand of justice may be slow, but it would eventually catch up.