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Anti-corruption war not selective – Osinbajo

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Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbanjo, has faulted those accusing the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration of targetting only the former appointees of the immediate past President, Goodluck Jonathan.

He said this on Saturday in an interview with journalists at the funeral of Elizabeth Adesola Mamora, the mother of former member of the National Assembly, Senator Olorunimbe Mamora, held at the First Baptist Church, Ijebu-Ife, Ogun State.

Osinbajo said the anti-corruption crusade of the present administration was not selective but a concerted effort by the government to reduce corruption and secure the future of the country.

He said, “It is not about the probe of a past government, that’s not what this is about. We are talking about our future; we are saying that we must put in place a clear strategy going forward.

“Not just about ensuring that people are made to pay for looting the treasury; our system of justice must be fair to ensure that anybody, who does anything that is wrong, is brought to account.

“We can’t allow impunity to continue. So it is not about the previous government; its about any form of impunity.”

In recent weeks, critics of the All Progressives Congress led government had accused the Presidency of using the Directorate of State Services and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to harass those in the opposition to score political points.

Osinbajo, however, said the position of the critics was far from the truth and that they lacked “proper understanding of the concept the present administration is deploying to make people account for their deeds while in office.”

He added that the anti-corruption move was a genuine programme aimed at sanitising the country from corruption.

The vice-president congratulated Senator Mamora for organising a befitting burial for his mother, who brought him up with good moral teachings and in the way of God.

In his sermon, the leader of the Baptist Church in Ogun State, Dr. Segun Jaiyesimi, challenged political leaders to make positive change while in office.

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