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We Have Stopped ‘Grand’ Corruption In Nigeria – Osinbajo - Mhiz Rebecca - 11-05-2018

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday in Sokoto said the
ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) government has
stopped the ‘grand corruption’ that characterised the system in
the past.
Similarly, Osinbajo seized the space to also absolve the
executive of interference in the affairs of the legislature saying
that it has always observed absolute restraint.
“There has never been attempt by this government in any
guise to impede on the National Assembly. Governor
Tambuwal who was then Speaker will not forget how he
scaled the fence by acrobatic means to get into the assembly
complex.
“I was Attorney General of Lagos State when the executive
withheld our funds. All these were absolute impunity, threat
and undue interference which are now in the past with the
coming of this government”, he stated.
According to him in the past, governors and legislators ýwere
under severe interference and threats by the executives. He
said there has been significant change with positive and far
reaching effect in reforms through democratic means, “We
have been able to actualise and domesticate financial
autonomy of the judiciary as an important integral arm of
government.”
Osinbajo made the remarks at the 2018 annual lecture
organised by the Barewa Old Boys Association ahead of its
centenary celebrations slated for 2021.
According to the Vice President, before the current
administration, the country experienced a lot of impunity,
adding “We knew when the executive approved direct stealing
and collection of huge sums from the public treasury to the
tune of $297 million in a single swing.”
He enumerated the various areas through which the federal
government intervention schemes have grossly impacted the
citizenry to include the N-Power, Anchor borrower,
conditional cash ýtransfer, school feeding and other beneficial
entrepreneurial and skills acquisition empowerment ventures.
Osinbajo however, described BOBA as a social entity which
has produced brilliant and dependable leaders with vision for
a prosperous nation.
He extolled the visionary greatness of products of the Barewa
College, citing examples with late Sir Ahmadu Bello for
galvanising the north into the national system as an
incredible foresight; Tafawa Balewa who stood for better
Nigeria with federal identity and unity; Malam Aminu Kanoý
who also stood and fought to stem social justice; Murtala
Muhammed with ethical and moral discipline while Yakubu
Gowon rooted his mission for ‘No victor, no vanquish to re-
integrate the country after the civil war as well Shehu
Usman Aliyu Shagari among others who fly the BOBA banner
to constantly reflect their strides on Nigeria’s history and
development to remedy and redeem the county’s democracy.
In his remarks, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal noted
that the issue of good governance was a critical and necessary
aspect to the country’s democracy.