A legal practitioner and counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Wahab Shittu, says corruption cannot be completely eradicated from the country.
Although he described corruption as the ‘elephant in the room’ which needs to be tamed, he noted that it cannot be banished totally.
The lawyer made the comments on Tuesday while analysing the achievements of the Muhammadu Bu8hari administration at a Town Hall organised by Channels Television ahead of the Inauguration Day.
He said, When you talk of corruption, you talk of a breakdown of systems, institutions, a breakdown of societal traditions, and a breakdown of ethical and moral behaviours.
The elephant in the room is corruption. What we need to do is to tame this monster called corruption which is at the heart of our problems.”
Mr Shittu commended the present administration, saying it has achieved more prosecutions of corrupt officials than any other government.
According to him, the Buhari administration has also gained the recognition of the African Union for its anti-corruption drive.
The lawyer said, If you talk of the security and economic challenges that we have, at the heart of all of this is the menace called corruption and that is why we need to commend President Muhammadu Buharis administration.”
Corruption cannot be banished totally, but we need to put in place mechanisms to reduce it to its barest minimum, he added.