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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the
present administration will not dictate to the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
on former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Osinbajo, who said this in response to a question
on whether the former president would be arrested
for alleged corruption during his administration,
added that the Buhari’s administration was not in
the business of arresting just anyone,
indiscriminately.
The vice president said all that the present
administration “does is to empower security
agencies and the anti-corruption agencies to do
their jobs without the administration trying to
teleguide them.”
Osinbajo added, “corruption is not an ethnic thing,
there is an equal representation in the stealing as
no one operates with his/her ethnic group alone.
The culprits are in every case seen so far, united by
greed to steal and not by ethnic or religious
interest.”
He decried a situation where as much as $15 billion
arms purchase fund disappeared from the national
coffers into private pockets, saying no responsible
government would “wave that aside so as not to
offend people.”
On the recent arrest of some judges, the vice
president explained that impunity could be very
dangerous in any sector and that “the federal
government is only exercising its executive function
in attempting to check excesses.”
The vice president, who spoke in Houston, Texas,
while interacting with Nigerians living in the United
States, added that the important thing was that due
process was being followed as the judges were
released about 24 hours after their arrest and after
they had given their statements.
The vice president attributed the current economic
recession in Nigeria to the loss of about 60 percent
of government’s revenue due to pipeline vandalism
and “endemic corruption” in the system.
He maintained that getting back oil production “is a
sure way to get out of the recession and the
federal government is working to sort it out.”
He further stated that security agencies had
arrested about 800 violent herdsmen across the
nation.
“The president has given firm instructions to the
security agencies to arrest not only herdsmen who
are attacking communities anywhere in the country,
but anyone of them or anyone at all in possession
of firearms. There are about 800 of suspected
violent herdsmen in the country that are currently in
custody,” he said.
The vice president however lamented that the slow
pace of the criminal justice system in the country
was stalling prompt trial of the suspects.
“There has always been conflict between herdsmen
and communities across the country and people
should disabuse the notion that the problem started
because President Buhari, a Fulani man, is currently
at the helm in the country,” he said.
Osinbajo also hinted that the federal government
was working “to introduce community policing that
would be in line with the constitution”, saying, “the
current situation where police activities are
controlled at the federal level has some
limitations.”

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