CSOs not doing enough to fight corruption — Osinbajo

Posted by News Express | 6 October 2017 | 1,780 times

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The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has accused the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) of not doing enough to fight corruption.

Professor Osinbajo, who made the accusation at a meeting with members of various CSOs, called for more support in the Federal Government’s anti-corruption drive.

“There is not enough outrage from civil society on the anti-corruption war, they are not speaking up… this is an existential problem for Nigeria,” he said on Thursday in Abuja.

The Vice President believes the fight against corruption is not the responsibility of the government alone, but other stakeholders including the civil society groups and the citizens.

He said amid the calls for the restructuring of the country, nothing would be achieved if corruption was not tackled to the barest minimum.

“Over N15 billion unaccounted for and the campaign from CSOs remain silent. Even if we get the best of restructuring in place and not much been done in fighting corruption then, we wouldn’t have achieved anything,” he said.

Professor Osinbajo further assured the activists that efforts are on by the government to reveal the amount of looted funds recovered so far.

He also faulted the claim that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) was “printing money to fund government’s activities”, describing it as “absurd and false”.

“Very soon, we will make known how much has been recovered in terms of real estate as well as cash and owing to popular demand, we are considering naming infrastructure after the recovered funds so it would become clear how the monies are being spent.

“There is a CBN account designated for the purpose of stashing recovered funds and soon, the total amounts deposited will be made known,” Osinbajo said.

He hinted that the government was also making spirited efforts to return the remaining 113 schoolgirls abducted in 2014 by Boko Haram terrorists from Chibok community in Borno State.

Other issues discussed at the dialogue session with the vice president include rights violations, government promises on developmental issues, and the economy among others. (Channels TV)

Source: News Express

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