‘Bad Behaviour Won’t Go Unpunished’- Vice President Osinbanjo Says

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Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday said there must be consequences for bad behaviour in the country.

He added that the people will behave well once there a system in place that punishes bad behaviour and enforces the consequence for misconduct.

Osinbajo spoke at the monthly meeting of the Presidential Enabling Business Council (PEBEC) at the State House, Abuja.

He said Nigeria is at a point where it should improve all the factors that will create an enabling environment for businesses in the country.

In a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, Osinbajo said: “We have to be committed to what we want to achieve. We must develop a system that punishes bad behaviour and reward good behavior.”

He also recalled how between 1999-2007, in Lagos State, a reform of the judiciary ended the perception of corruption in that arm of government once the principle of enforcing consequences for bad behaviour was in place.

According to him, an overwhelming 89 per cent of lawyers in Lagos said in a survey held in 1999 there was corruption in the state judiciary and yet no one was being sanctioned.

He added: “So we decided to deal with the situation. In the first year we sacked 21 magistrates and three judges in the second year. By 2007 when we conducted the same survey, the result was zero per cent.

“Nigerians, like any other will behave well, if we put in a system where people won’t get away with misconduct. We are the ones to do it.”

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