Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that all government institutions such as executive, legislature and judiciary in the country are corrupt.
Afe Babalola University in Ekiti state, Osinbajo lamented that corruption had permeated every stratum of the society and was responsible for the challenges facing the country.
He spoke of his “great respect” for Afe Babalola, a chief and senior advocate of Nigeria, “because of his stand against corruption”.
“I have a great respect for Chief Afe Babalola because of his stand against corruption. Sometimes in 2002, Chief Babalola argued the case for the establishment of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission where he let the court realise that corruption is the greatest problem of our nation.
“All the institutions of government, I mean the executive, legislature and the judiciary are corrupt. What we need is serious reorientation. That is why ABUAD is a great university because it teaches knowledge, character and morality. So, value reorientation is a key weapon to fight corruption.
“What we need is serious reorientation. That is why ABUAD is a great university because it teaches learning, character and morality.
“Value reorientation is a key weapon to fight corruption. That is 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 urged the graduands to be honest and trustworthy, and to acquire skills beyond the scope of their disciplines.
“You must be trustworthy and honest apart from being skillful and resourceful to be able to make a great impact in the future ahead of you,” he said.
“You must reflect on the values they have inculcated in you in the institution and be conscious of the fact that Nigeria, your country, must be great, which can be achieved with your contributions.”