Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Vice President has said that henceforth politicians and other public office holders would be required to justify their wealth in order to curb corruption and embezzlement of public funds.
He made the declaration on Saturday in Lagos during a town hall meeting organized by the United Action for Change (UAC). Osinbajo promised that he and President Muhammadu Buhari would lead by example by presenting details of their bank accounts and assets owned at the end of their tenure to convince Nigerians they did not abuse their positions to acquire illegal wealth.
“The era of people becoming emergency billionaires is gone,” Mr Osinbajo, a professor of Law told the audience at the Ikeja Airport Hotel, venue of the meeting.
“Anybody who can’t explain his wealth must be brought to account. Everyone who has served in public office must account for what they own. This is the change we want Nigerians to support,” he said.
He said the dream of the Buhari administration was to create a “country where integrity is our national culture.”
He urged Nigerians to be more patient with the administration, saying the change mantra of the All Progressives Party-led government would not be reduced to mere slogan.
He added that government would do everything within its power to deliver the change it promised Nigerians.
“Nigerians should never lose hope in the face of present difficulties,” the vice president said. “We have the best opportunity to change this nation now because we have a leader who is honest in all his dealings. There is a determination by this government to change the nation’s direction.”