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Buhari Under Pressure From Top Elites to Stop His Anti-corruption War - VP, Osinbajo

Buhari Under Pressure From Top Elites to Stop His Anti-corruption War - VP, Osinbajo

Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo

The Vice-president, Yemi Osinbajo has revealed that some top politicians are begging president Muhammadu Buhari to stop his trial of top politicians who stole Nigeria's money.

President Muhammadu Buhari is under severe pressure not to continue with the ongoing anti-corruption war after he arrested top politicians indicted for money laundering and looting taxpayers' money.

The revelation was made by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo who said the pressure was being mounted by the Nigerian elite, but he did not name those behind the campaign.

The statement released by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, on Thursday, while addressing the Muslim Congress of Nigeria at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Osinbajo added that those mounting pressure on Buhari to “slow down” the anti-corruption fight cut across tribal and religious lines.

He stated, “We get regular messages from some Nigerian elite saying ‘cool down.’

“It is a very strange morality that some of those people have, (which is) very complicated, and cutting across all tribes and religious differences.”

He said those mounting the pressure were asking Buhari to allow the looters go free if they return monies they stole. According to Osibanjo, the people calling for Buhari to slow down wants the trial of those indicted in looting the country's money to stop.

“The man on the street is very clear; so whatever some of these elite say, we shall keep our focus on the masses who voted for us,” the vice-president declared.

However, Osinbajo said it was unacceptable that in the last 16 years, there was not a single Federal Government completed road or rail project.

Osinbajo assured Nigerians that the present administration had no other agenda but the progress of the country.

“The insurgency has gone on for six years because government could not adequately equip the military.

“Mr. President and I are extremely focused on what we need to do. We will focus on critical things, infrastructure and social investments,” he said.

The leader of the delegation, Imam Abdulahi Shuaib, expressed the group’s support for the government in its programmes; including anti-corruption, expressing the readiness of the group to offer assistance.

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