Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday returned a damning verdict on the three arms of government on corruption.
The executive,judicial and legislative arms are all corrupt ,he said as he presided over the 4th convocation ceremonies of the Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti.
Osinbajo said it was for this reason that the Buhari administration is currently fighting corruption in the country.
He said corruption has polluted every stratum of the society, bringing along with it poverty and other social vices.
“All the institutions of government, I mean the executive, legislature and the judiciary are corrupt. What we need is serious reorientation,” he said.
“That is why the ABUAD is a great university because it teaches learning, character and morality. So, value reorientation is a key weapon to fight corruption.
“That was why the present federal government is intervening because if we refuse, every facet of the country will fail. We must act fast and deal with the situation as quickly as possible.”
He hailed the founder of the university,Chief Afe Babalola , for his stand against corruption which encouraged the establishment of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the emergence of Hon. Justice Emmanuel Ayoola as its first Chairman.
The Vice President said: “My learned senior, Chief Afe Babalola, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, appeared in a famous case in 2001 for the Federal Government in which he said that corruption is the greatest hindrance to our development.
“I have great respect for Chief Afe Babalola because of his stand against corruption. Sometimes in 2001, Chief Babalola argued the case for the establishment of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) where he let the court realized that corruption is the greatest problem of our nation.”
Osinbajo urged the graduands to learn skills that will enhance their value and also develop and maintain integrity.
He told them to ” appreciate that this is the age of multi-tasking and multi-skilling . One must today learn to be a master of himself and you must be technology savvy in whatever you choose to do.
“Talent is nothing if you are not diligent; integrity is important because lack of integrity may come back to haunt you because you may need the recommendation of somebody.”
Osinbajo stated he never had misgiving for Babalola’s competence to run an all-inclusive university, on the strength of his achievements as the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council of the University of Lagos between 2001 and 2008. The Nation