Sunday, February 28, 2016 2:50 pm
Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo underscored the evils of corruption on the Nigerian society when he recalled that the previous administration of Goodluck Jonathan bought fake weapons for Nigerian soldiers battling Boko Haram insurgency in the north east.
At a Town Hall meeting with residents of Victoria Garden City, in Lekki on Saturday, Osinbajo recalled the arms purchase scandal “where a huge amount of money was spent but unfortunately it went into private pockets’’.
He recounted that fake Armoured Personnel Carriers and fake bullet proof vests were bought for soldiers thus endangering the lives of anti- terrorism combatants.
“Unless we seriously fight corruption through a systematic rebirth of our public system, the future of the country is in grave danger,’’ Osinbajo said.
With the efforts by the Buhari administration, he said the Boko Haram insurgency has been degraded as a “military might’’ although pockets of suicide bombings still take place.
“This is a challenge we must tackle going forward but the other challenge is the over 2 million people displaced by insurgency who need resettlement,’’ he added.
He said the idea was to re-settle the people back to their farming occupation first, but that would be after the entire North East land had been de-mined.