Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has expressed confidence that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government would fight corruption to a standstill.
Speaking at his Lagos residence on Saturday when the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed paid him a courtesy visit, Soyinka noted that the level of exposure concerning corruption under the Buhari administration so far was an indication that the government was really out to tackle the vice.
Soyinka said the country had never had corruption exposed at such a scale before.
He said, “We have not had a case where it had been alleged and increasingly proven that money supposed to be spent on defending ourselves, our nation, our neighbourhood, has been shared among individuals.
“We never had experience where we were in a state of critical emergency where children are being kidnapped under our noses.
“Never had there been in a situation where we are helpless and our soldiers are sent to the front to defend our very existence and we are not backing them up with conduct that shows integrity and commitment.
“Because of these reasons, corruption is really desperate and has chosen to fight back, but I am confident that corruption will be resolved.
Urging the Federal Government not to relent in its effort at bringing all those who looted the nation’s treasury to justice, the Nobel Laureate warned the government against being cowed by deliberate attempts to frustrate the anti-corruption crusade.
Describing the allegation of him being involved in corrupt practice as “insulting, Soyinka said he was ready to face appropriate legal authority if properly invited.”