Why Corrupt Leaders Must Be Dealt With- Osinbajo

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Vice-President-elect, Prof.Yemi Osinbajo, on Friday
explained how the Muhammadu Buhari administration would prosecute the
anti-graft war, saying that Nigerians must question sources of wealth of the
rich.
Osinbajo, while delivering the keynote address at the Abuja
edition of The Platform, said the incoming administration would ensure zero
tolerance for corruption by reforming the Justice system.
He said within the last few years, what the country had
experienced is a situation where people get away with corrupt practices, noting
that going forward, the incoming government would make sure that corrupt people
suffer the consequences of their action.

He said when people are made to suffer the consequences of
corrupt practices, it would send a strong message to everyone that the era of
looting of the treasury was over.
He said, “We have always talked about zero tolerance for
corruption but it is also important that people are made to understand that
there will be consequence for corruption.
“What we have seen so far is that there is hardly any
consequence and people simply get away with it and if you get away with it
often, it sends a message to everyone, that there is no problem, and we need to
fix that whole thinking that there has to be a consequence for corrupt
practices.
“People have to explain for instance, if you are a public
servant that how come that you have 50 houses. Somebody needs to ask you those
questions and some of the reasons people get away with that is our criminal
justice system.”
He said in view of the fact that the incoming administration
would be taking the fight against corruption seriously, one of the reforms that
would first be carried out is in the judicial system.
The Vice-President elect said the nation’s judicial system
as presently constituted was slow, adding that this has made it easy for people
to get away with criminal acts.
He said, ” Our criminal justice system needs to be fixed.
The system is slow and it almost always ensures that people who have been
charged with offenses would not be tried forever and after a while people
forget that people are being tried.
“We have to fix that criminal justice system to ensure that
criminal trials are speedy and that anyone who is guilty of an offense will be
punished for that offense.
In the area of policing, Osinbajo said a country as big as
that of Nigeria needs community policing.
He said it would be difficult for the Nigerian Police Force
in its present form to fight crime in an effective manner owing to what he
described as structural problems.
He said, “We need to look at law and order. The question of
policing our society, how do we police this country. At the moment we know that
policing is ineffective.
“If the police wants to deal with the criminals, you and I
know that they are hampered from doing so, they are hampered structurally, they
are hampered by the fact that they are not as well equipped as they ought to
be, and they are not resourced as they ought to be, but the structural problem
is the major one.
“A country of this size needs some form of community
policing because criminality is always local, we need to have policemen who
understand the local language, who live in the community, who understand the
language. So there is a logic in it to have community policing.”
The event powered by Covenant Christian Centre had the theme
“Business and governance.”

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