Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has blamed government’s inability to deliver on its promises on socio-political inequality, weak justice system, absence of rule of law and lack of state capacity to maintain law and order.
Osinbajo at a public lecture organised by The Kukah Centre in Abuja yesterday, with the theme: “How to make Democracy Work for Africa.” 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.
Also at the public lecture was the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Fr. Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah agreed totally with Vice President Osinbajo on the problems facing Nigeria and said the problems plaguing the nation’s democracy will not disappear with the removal of President Muhammadu Buhari from office.
Osinbajo, who noted that people 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, lamented that despite several suspects charged with corruption by anti-graft agencies in the country, convictions are yet to be secured.
According to him, 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.