VP assures Nigerians there will be no interference if Goodluck is probed

VP assures Nigerians there will be no interference if Goodluck is probed

On Saturday, Yemi Osinbajo Vice President, put Nigerians mind at that the Federal Government would not interfere if they decided to move against former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Osinbajo, expressed that the agencies of government were being empowered and encouraged to do their jobs without undue interference.

On Friday The vice president, via Mr. Laolu Akande, his spokesman, said this in Houston, Texas in the United States in a meeting with Nigerians based in the US.

Quoted to have answered questions regarding the economy, the anti-corruption war, the recent arrest of judges and the menace of herdsmen in parts of the country, as well as community policing.

The statement read, “Answering a question from the Internet on when former President Jonathan would be arrested, Osinbajo pointed out that the Buhari administration was not in the business of arresting people anyhow.

“He said all the Buhari administration did was to empower the security agencies and the anti-corruption agencies to do their jobs, without the administration trying to teleguide (monitor) them,”

The VP also said the fight against corruption in the country was not based on ethnic, hasty or premeditated grounds. “Corruption is not an ethnic thing, there is an equal representation in the stealing as no one operates with his or her ethnic group alone, the culprits are in every case seen so far, united by greed to steal and not by ethnic or religious interest.”

While in this meeting he also revealed that as much as $15bn had been stolen from the national coffers by individuals.

He viewed that no responsible government would wave that aside so as not to offend people.

Osinbajo also revealed that security agencies have arrested about 800 suspected herdsmen “The President has given firm instructions to the security agencies to arrest not only herdsmen, who are attacking communities anywhere in the country, but anyone of them or anyone at all in possession of firearms.

“There are about 800 of suspected violent herdsmen in the country who are currently in custody,”.

Osibanjo lamented on how the slow pace of the criminal justice system was affecting the prompt trial of such suspects, including killings by violent herdsmen had been a perennial issue, especially as grazing lands continue to disappear over the years with the cattle feeding on people’s crops on the farmlands.

He pointed out that the matter did not start when President Buhari assumed office.

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