- Vice President Osinbajo talked about the problems confronting the current administration
- He said absence of strong institutions, lack of rule of law, etc. are some of the problems facing the government
- He also said that few Nigerian elites manipulate the system to favour themselves at the expense of the masses
The vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday, February 15, blamed government’s inability to deliver on its promises on socio-political inequality, weak justice system, the absence of rule of law and lack of state capacity to maintain law and order.
Vanguard reports that Osinbajo expressed frustrations at the inability of anti-graft agencies to secure convictions for the many suspects brought before the courts for corruption due to the manipulative tendencies of the elite class.
NAIJ.com gathered that the vice president said this at a public lecture organised by The Kukah Centre in Abuja with the theme: “How to make Democracy Work for Africa.”
Osinbajo noted that Nigerians expected those charged with governance to deliver on their promises, including delivering social goods, ensuring that the growing youth population got jobs, ensuring the rule of law and security.
He, however, lamented that despite several suspects charged with corruption by anti-graft agencies in the country, convictions are yet to be secured.
He explained that convictions have not been achieved due to the manipulation of suspects who are mainly elites.
Osinbajo said people could be put on trial but the trials could go on forever because the system enables people to employ diverse legal tactics to delay conviction.
Accordingly, he said the elite preferred the status quo which set the lowest bar for political advancement, being “identity politics” of where one comes from or which religion one belongs.
His speech in part: “That is the Africa story; democracy, yes; election yes. These are issues that remain very prominent everywhere in Africa.
“It is often threatened because we simply have not invested enough in the institutions that make this possible. So, ensuring security, problems of weak policing are some of the issues that we experience.
“The perception of people on the efficiency and fairness of the justice system is affected always by the slow pace of trials and manipulation of the system by those who can afford superior legal representation.
“Many of the ethnic and other parochial tensions that tended to create insecurity and outright conflict, time and time again, are largely on account of failure to deliberately undertake nation-building efforts.
“But the question of the capacity of the state to deliver on its most important role of security, justice, and rule of law is often threatened because we have not invested enough in institutions that make it possible.”
NAIJ.com previously reported that Osinbajo on Sunday, February 11, assured Nigerians that the Buhari-led administration will not divert capital project funds in the 2018 budget for political purposes in the coming 2019 general elections.
Osinbajo reiterated the federal government’s resolve towards boosting the country’s economy through infrastructure development, Vanguard reports.
The minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun, gave the vice president's statement while representing him at a lecture delivered to Course 26 participants at the National Defence College (NDC) in Abuja.
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