Former ICPC Boss Asks Buhari To Tackle Poverty, Economic Recession

CACOL Urges Buhari To Ensure Conviction Of Corrupt LeadersThe pioneer Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, Justice Mustapha Akanbi, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently tackle poverty and improve on the economy for the benefit of Nigerians.

At the commissioning of a library complex built by Mustapha Akanbi Foundation in Ilorin, the retired President of the Court of Appeal urged the present government to prefer better management of economy to borrowing.

“For me I do not believe in borrowing. I do not borrow money and I do not encourage my children to borrow money. I do not know how they make it.

“Even now that we are in recession, I have cut down what I give to people.

“Didn’t we even beg that they should write off our debt? I do not know the facts that determines the issue of borrowing.

“I know if you leave according to your means, you will not be in trouble.

“Even Buhari should prefer better management of economy than borrowing. Everybody should prefer better management.

“We should please ask our president, whom we voted for, to really find a way of boosting the economy of the country. A hungry man is an angry man and a bitter man. If the money they are collecting, in fact I am looking for whether I will get a telephone call to the vice-president as a lawyer that by next year, when they will start campaign for election, if people are hungry they will not be happy.

“So, we should do our best. I know he is trying. They are collecting money from those who have taken bribes and the rest. But let us see the effect in the lives of the people,” he cautioned.

Group Wants Corrupt Persons Who Return Looted Funds Punished

Former DPO,10-year jail term,Voluntary return of looted funds or option of plea bargain is not deterrent enough for persons indicted to have looted Nigeria’s funds in the war against corruption, a group, the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, said on Friday.

Giving instances of persons that they want to face punishments, the group claims that the former Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Mr Abdullahi Dikko, had returned one billion Naira to the Federal Government and insisted that voluntary return of loot was not enough.

‘Go And Sin No More’

In a statement, the Executive Chairman of Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL), Mr Debo Adeniran, said: “It is very imperative for Nigerians to understand the details of what constitute the ‘plea bargain’ being offered to some suspects of corruption or the ‘go and sin no more’ attitude which is apparently being applied as in Dikko and some other suspected corruption criminals’ cases”.

The group claimed that in recent developments, the former Comptroller-General was reported to have returned one billion Naira to the FG, just as a former Minister of State for Defense, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, has signed an undertaking with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to return 480 million Naira as ‘ill-gotten gains’ under their watch while in office.

Out of the 480 million Naira he has returned 100 million Naira to the Federal Government.

The ex-Custom boss has been under investigation by the EFCC for allegedly diverting about 40 billion Naira during his administration as head of Customs between August 2009 and August 2015, while Obanikoro’s case was about his alleged role in the diversion of 4.7 billion Naira from the imprest account of the Office of the National Security Adviser.

Mr Adeniran expressed dissatisfaction with the developments given the gravity of the crimes in question.

He said: “Our Coalition has always insisted on punishing culprits of corruption to serve as deterrent to other corruption criminals and the potentially corrupt persons in the country.

“The non-application of punitive measures against persons guilty of corruption would make the whole anti-corruption war a huge joke, a waste of time, energy and resources.

“We are aware that part of the conditions for plea bargain, given to accused persons, who are penitent, are forfeiting of properties and pleading guilty. We acknowledge the necessity to differentiate between penitent corruption criminals and recalcitrant ones, but we insist that the return of loots is not far-reaching enough if the war against corruption will achieve enduring success.

“Our position is that, it is correct to treat those who admit their guilt voluntarily and those that make the state to expend resources energy and time before their conviction is achieved differently, we agree to that extent.

“But our position is that those that opt for plea bargain should nonetheless not be allowed to go scot-free; they should hence be stripped of all their properties and monies as well as honours that could have been bestowed on some of them – they should be made to start life anew. All of their material possessions should be deemed as proceeds of corruption and therefore confiscated by the state. Then they can be told to ‘go and sin no more'”.

‘Jail According To Loot Size’

Continuing, he said: “As for the recalcitrant ones of should of course be made to face the full constitutional and judicial consequences of their crimes. They should be put in jail according to size of their loots, even up to life imprisonment”.

The CACOL is also suggesting life imprisonment for convicts that stole any amount above one billion Naira, insisting that they should be made to work diligently for their own upkeep via whatever skills they possess previously or has been able to learn behind the bars.

“They should be used as objects to educate the young, the youth and all when they go on excursion to the prisons, seeing former corrupt leaders in such situation will certainly serve to deter the potentially corrupt,” the group highlighted.

It further advised that whatever assets traced to such convicts should be deemed to be proceeds of corruption and confiscated by the Nigerian state.

Babajide Explains Why Corruption Has Become Endemic In Nigeria

babajide-ogunsanwoAnalysing the level of corruption in Nigeria, Mr Babajide Ogunsanwo on Friday said that a number of factors have contributed to the extension of the anti-corruption war to the judiciary in Nigeria, identifying their remuneration as one of them.

He told Channels Television that the salary of the Chief Justice of Nigeria was poor when compared to that of the United States.

“The Chief Justice of the United States, Justice John Robert, has an annual salary of $255,000. With the salary, he can buy a decent home in Washington, perhaps somewhere in north-east street.

“Even if he wants to save his annual salary to buy this home of about 1.2 million dollars, he needs to save his salary for just five years.

“It is going to be easy because he will likely get a mortgage.

“In Nigeria the annual basic salary of the Chief Justice of Nigeria is just 3.3 million Naira, plus all allowances, 6.7 million Naira.

“If the Chief Justice of Nigeria chose to go to some decent place in Ikoyi, Lagos, and wanted to buy this similar home, it will cost him 350 million Naira.

“Even if the Chief Justice in the U.S. needs to save for five years to buy a house, the Chief Justice of Nigeria will need to save for 50 years,” he explained.

He says his analysis identifies one of the sources of why there is corruption.

Highlighting that the judges are not supposed to be corrupt, he insisted that “the air they breathe is infected with the bacteria called corruption”.

Mr Ogunsanwo said that Nigeria’s anti-corruption score had been rising slowly at a little about 2.4%, a trend he pointed out was very insignificant.

“If it continues like this, before we get to 5/10 it will be the year 2030,” he stated.

The analyst further identified the inconsistency in the position of the Chief Justice in Nigeria as another factor that had affected the system.

“The continuous change has brought with it, inconsistencies, since the justices have different temperaments.

“Some are more conservative and some are more liberal,” he added.

Arms Probe: “Courts Will Decide Dasuki’s Fate” – Presidency, APC Tell GEJ

Presidency, APC, Sambo Dasuki, Goodluck Jonathan, Arms ProbeThe Presidency says only a competent court can decide if former president, Goodluck Jonathan’s National Security Adviser (NSA) stole over two billion dollars meant for purchase or arms for the country.

In statement released on Tuesday, the presidency urged Mr. Jonathan to allow the court to decide the fate of his former NSA, retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki.

Dasuki is accused of misappropriating monies intended for the procurement of equipment for the Nigerian military in its battle against the Boko Haram insurgency.

This follows comments by former president Goodluck Jonathan that his embattled former NSA could not have stolen about $2.2 billion as alleged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Mr. Jonathan said this on Monday during a debate on youth entrepreneurship at the Oxford Union Society in England as he defended his administration’s policies, especially in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency ravaging North Eastern Nigeria.

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Dr. Goodluck Jonathan

“They said the National Security Adviser (Sambo Dasuki) stole $2.2bn. I don’t believe somebody can just steal $2.2bn.

“We bought warships, we bought aircraft, we bought lots of weapons for the Army and so on and so forth and you are still saying $2.2bn was stolen. So, where did we get the money to buy all those things?” Dr. Jonathan said at the Oxford Union.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, however, says Dr. Jonathan’s comments are sub-judicial since there is already an existing legal action against the former NSA over how the monies in question were spent.

“The matter is sub judice. Let the courts decide,” he said.

APC queries GEJ’s assertions

The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Timi Frank, also challenged the former president to help Mr. Dasuki prove his case in court since he does not believe such an amount was misappropriated.

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APC Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Timi Frank

Mr. Frank said rather than make those claims, it would be more appropriate for Mr. Jonathan to assist in the investigation and prosecution of the case.

“First, I wonder why it took former President Jonathan such a long time to speak out. Why now? If Colonel Dasuki is as clean as he wants us to believe, it would be nice if he can assist his former NSA to prove his case in court.

“The courts deal with evidence; let them prove their case,” he said.

The former NSA was arrested in December 1, 2015 by officers of the Department of State Services and has since been in detention for allegedly misappropriating about $2.2 billion.

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Sambo Dasuki, a retired colonel, is accused of misappropriating billions of dollars meant for arms purchase

The scandal dubbed Dasuki-gate has evolved to the prosecution of top government and military officials who allegedly benefited from the largesse.

Dasuki Could Not Have Stolen $2.2bn, Goodluck Jonathan Says

Goodluck Jonathan,on Dasuki arms dealNigeria’s former President, Goodluck Jonathan, has said that it was impossible for his former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki, to have stolen $2.2 billion as being accused by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Responding to questions after a lecture on Youth Entrepreneurship at the famous Oxford Union in the United Kingdom, former President Jonathan, said: “They said the National Security Adviser (Sambo Dasuki) stole $2.2 billion. I don’t believe somebody can just steal $2.2 billion. We bought warships, we bought aircraft, we bought lots of weapons for the army and so on and so forth and you are still saying $2.2 billion? So, where did we get the money to buy all those things?

“I agree with you that there are issues of corruption in Nigeria since 1960 till date. Yes there are still corruption issues but some of it were over-blown. I’d say exaggerated and they give a very bad impression about our nation. You cannot say the National Security Adviser stole $2.2 billion. It is not just possible”.

Dr. Jonathan, however, pointed out that some of the corruption cases were still in court and would rather allow the legal processes to reveal the facts of the matter.

He said: “One thing about the issue of corruption is that these matters are in court, let’s allow some of these processes to end. Lately some judges’ (homes) were also invaded. There are so many things involved and we have to follow up these matters to conclusion before we know the fact.

“I don’t want to be seen as a former president challenging what the sitting government is doing. So, I have decided to keep quiet for the court to look into them”.

He pointed out that allegations of corruption were not unique to his administration or the country.

“You will see that it has become a major topic whenever there is a change of government … I am not saying there is no corruption in Nigeria, there is corruption. If you look at corruption there is almost no country that is free, the degree varies, the perception varies.

“Transparency International talks about the way corruption is being perceived in different economies, why do we talk about the way corruption is being perceived, it depends on the issue raised in the media every day,” the former President stated.

After he was arrested in late 2015, Colonel  Dasuki  released a statement, dismissing the allegations brought against him by the current government and claiming he acted in ‘national interest’.

Mr Dasuki condemned what he called a “theatrical manner, the Presidency fed the public many allegations against him and other yet to be named former public officers”.

He claimed that the Presidency’s report about some “absurd findings, including extra-budgetary interventions; award of fictitious contracts; 53 failed contracts; payment for jobs without contractual agreements; non-execution of contracts for the purchase of four Alpha jets, bombs and ammunition”, were made to draw sympathy.

The former NSA is also facing trial for unlawful possession of firearms without license.

The crime, according to the Department of State Services (DSS), is punishable under Section 27(i)(a)(i) of the Firearms Act Cap F28 LFN 2004.

What Anglican Primate Wants Buhari To Do About Corruption

nicholas-okoh‎The Primate of the Anglican Church, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, has given his opinion on how the Nigerian government should address corruption in the oil-rich nation.

He made the comment in reaction to the arrest of some judges few weeks ago by security operatives.

The judges were alleged to have been involved in corrupt practices and misconduct.

But the Primate says only the court can find the judges arrested guilty of any crime.

“It all depends on what eventually is said about the judges concerned.

“If they are found guilty, then it will not affect anything because the crusade would have been a right one.

“If they are found to be innocent, then the call will be for the government agencies in charge to take it easy so that they do not blackmail the government they are trying to serve,” he said.

Addressing reporters at the Anglican Women’s Conference in Abuja on Saturday, Most Reverend Okoh said that the fight against corruption was an indictment on all Nigerians.

He explained that corruption cuts across the entire system in Nigeria and that the government should extend the fight against corruption to the grassroots.

 

“The crusade about corruption is an indictment on all of us, because what I have continued to appeal to government is that after the top echelon the crusade should be spread down the line.

“If you go to even the most local market, you will find corruption there. They people selling groundnut they are involved in corruption.

“The university teachers are involved in corruption those of us in the church in one form or the other. So, no one is actually spared.

“What it means is that we have all been sensitised and every nook and corner of the country should be focused to ensure that we produce a better generation after our own that will be free from corruption,” he emphasised.

The government had extended its anti-corruption war to the judiciary, arresting some judges, whom the Department of State Services (DSS) said were suspected for corruption and misconduct.

Since their arrests on October 7 and 8, diverse reactions trailed the action, with the latest from the National Judicial Council (NJC).

The leadership of the NJC in a statement on Saturday condemned the sting operations carried out by the DSS against some judicial officers, saying it was a clear assault on the independence of the Nigerian Judiciary.

It said it had started investigation into complaints it received against the judges.

Corruption Is Engraved In The Constitution- Babajide Ogunsanwo

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Mr. Ogunsawo says “there are dangerous proportions of corruption in Nigeria.”

The recent raid on judges, has caught the attention of many, among which is Information Analyst, Babatunde Ogunsanwo, who says “corruption is engraved all around us, including the Nigerian constitution”.

He came to this conclusion while analyzing statistics from the Global watch-dog on Corruption, Transparency International, that looks at corruption across several countries.

Mr. Ogunsanwo made the comments on Friday, while speaking on Channels Television’s Breakfast show, Sunrise Daily.

He stressed that it is only in one section of the entire Nigerian constitution that one can find the mention of the word ‘ideas’ while a larger portion lays emphasis on corruption.

Analysing corruption in Nigeria, he said Transparency International carried out a survey which showed that “63% of Nigerians say judges are corrupt” meaning “6 out of every 10 judges are corrupt”.

According to him, the survey says 73% of the legislature, both at federal and state levels are corrupt, while 96% of the police are corrupt.

It also went on to say 94% of political parties are corrupt while religious institutions were not left out of the survey.

Following this analysis, he came to the conclusion that “there are dangerous proportions of corruption in Nigeria”.

Mr Ogunsanwo went back in history and said corruption started almost 5 decades ago, when Aguiyi-Ironsi gave his maiden speech.

He stated that one of his reasons for taking over power was “corruption”.

In 1975 when Murtala Mohammed also took over from Yakubu Gowon, “the major reason was equally corruption.

“Our performance of corruption based on Transparency International right from 1999, reveals something dangerous,” he asserted.

“Even as at then, there was only one country, (Cameroon), which was more corrupt than Nigeria”, he said.

Still analysing the rate of corruption in Nigeria under various regimes, he said every leader who had ever attempted to fight corruption has failed woefully.

Buhari Explains Why Nigeria Is Fighting Corruption Headlong

Muhammadu-Buhari-UN-Corruption-NigeriaPresident Muhammadu Buhari has explained why his administration is fighting the scourge of corruption headlong in Nigeria.

The President says this is because corruption contributes to the denial of the resources required for development.

He stated this on Thursday in New York at the high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Declaration on the Right to Development.

Right To Development

President Buhari called on development partners to also step up the fight against corruption by returning ill-gotten financial assets and halting future illicit financial flows to their countries.

He noted that such collective action “will guarantee a stronger international defence of the right to development”.

The Nigerian leader added that illicit financial assets stashed abroad deprive developing countries including Nigeria, and invariably deny people the enjoyment of their national wealth and resources needed for development.

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President Muhammadu Buhari and UN Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki-Moon

He cautioned that non-repatriation of illicit financial assets could impinge on the determination of States to achieve an all-inclusive 2030 sustainable development.

The President further called on the United Nations “to remain vocal and active in addressing the negative impact of non-repatriation of illicit financial assets on their countries of origin”, adding that “as soon as stolen assets are legally established, they should swiftly be repatriated”.

He welcomed the commemoration of three decades of the Declaration on the Right to Development, which he observed, coincided with the first anniversary of the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

“It reminds us all of the essence of development and provides us with the opportunity to reaffirm commitments to converting this right into the policies and operational activities of relevant actors at the national, regional and international levels,” he said.

Lop-Sided Terms Of Trade

President Buhari noted further that as a developing country, Nigeria considers the Right to Development an inalienable right of fundamental importance, stressing that at the national level, his administration has been making strenuous efforts to ensure that the right to development is at the centre of all development initiatives.

He reaffirmed Nigeria’s commitment to the UN Charter and other international conventions that uphold the Right to Development.

The President also drew the attention of the international community to the urgent need to address the lop-sided terms of trade between developed and developing countries, which have impacted negatively on the capacity of many developing countries to embark on development programmes for the benefit of their peoples.

“Nigeria is convinced that the Right to Development is a shared responsibility considering the growing inequality and poverty resulting from climate change impact, natural disasters, violent extremism, social unrest and deprivation.

“The Right to Development must be promoted and protected like all other rights. Its universality and interdependence are indisputable,” said the President in a statement by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina.

Budget Padding: House Of Representatives’ Chief Whip Responds To Allegation

Chief Whip Alhassan Ado Doguwa on budget paddingThe Chief Whip of the House of Representatives in Nigeria, Alhassan Ado Doguwa, has responded to the allegation of budget padding levelled against him and some other principal officers of the lower chamber.

In an interview with Channels Television on Sunday, Mr Doguwa described the allegation as frivolous and baseless.

A former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Honourable Abdulmumin Jibrin, had alleged that four principal officers of the House of Representatives – Speaker Yakubu Dogara, his Deputy, Suleiman Lasun, the Chief Whip Alhassan Ado Doguwa and the Minority Leader, Leo Ogor -padded the 2016 budget.

“Legitimate Responsibility”

It is now a week since Honourable Jibrin spoke exclusively to Channels Television on the allegation that the Speaker of the House of Representatives has dismissed, saying padding was not an offence.

On Sunday, however, Honourable Doguwa insisted that no matter what the lawmakers did on the budget, none of it could be regarded as a crime.


“When you expect a legislator to work on a bill, certainly he has the constitution and supreme right to deal with that bill at any level, whether in first reading second reading or general reading.

“At whatever level the legislator engages a budget, he is doing nothing but his legitimate responsibility,” he explained.

“Enemy To The Institution”

The lawmaker said padding was strange in context of the 2016 budget and that all the allegations made by honourable Jibrin were frivolous

“That is a strange word to me.

“It is a crime for you guys to be calling legislators ‘padders’. It is a speculation. Baseless speculation,” he said.

The Chief Whip further described Honourable Jibrin as a cancer in the legislative system of Nigeria’s National Assembly, insisting that that was why he was removed as the chairman of the Appropriation Committee.

“He is an enemy to the institution, an enemy to the system of democracy in Nigeria and our own great party, the APC [All Progressives Congress],” he told Channels Television.

Mr Doguwa , however, assured Nigerians that there would be a perfect budget in 2017.

Ministers Insist Campaign Promises Will Be Fulfilled

Kemi-Adeosun-and-Lai-Mohammed on campaign promisesSome members of Nigeria’s Federal Executive Council on Sunday assessed efforts and strategies being implemented by the government to resolve prevailing socio-economic challenges over the last one year.

Speaking during Channels Television’s special Democracy Day programme, Buhari-365-Days, the Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed and the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, defended the policies of the Buhari-led administration.

They insisted that the promises made during the 2015 campaigns would be fulfilled.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign focused on three issues – insecurity, corruption and the economy and the Minister of information believes that the government is on track on these.


“By this time last year, 14 out of 20 local governments in Borno State alone were under the sovereign authority of the Boko Haram insurgents.

“Today, we can say very confidently that the Boko Haram insurgency has been caged. They no longer have the kind of capacity or capability to launch the kind of attacks they use to launch before,” Mr Mohammed stated.Lai-Mohammed-Minister--of-information

He said the government had been able to end attacks on the nation’s capital and security agencies’ posts.

On corruption, he said that the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration was winning the war on corruption, citing ongoing trials of persons alleged to have looted the nation’s funds.

On the economy of the nation, the Minister of Finance dismissed claims that the promises of the party on the economy had not been felt.

“One thing we have to understand about the economy is the direction the economy has been travelling in.

“Consistently, since 2005 the decline accelerated in 2014 when the prices of crude oil took a sudden plunge.

“What we see today should have happened whatever party had won,” Mrs Adeosun said.

She blamed previous administrations for their failure to utilise revenues generated during oil boom.

According to her the government had factored in some of the campaign promises into the budget, citing the creation of jobs as one of those.

Corruption Threatens Nigeria’s Future – Osinbajo

Osinbajo, corruptionThere is a direct link between corruption and the current economic difficulties facing Nigeria.

These words sum up the thoughts of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who has described corruption as an existential threat to the nation.

The Vice President made this remark in Abuja during the public presentation of a book, “Anatomy of Corruption in Nigeria: Issues, Challenges and Solutions.”

According to Prof. Osinbajo, Nigeria squandered the opportunity to save for the future at a time it was convenient to do so.

Stealing The Future

“When we look at corruption and its deleterious consequences, we must relate it directly to what we are experiencing at this time,” he said.

“Most of the states, since February 2015, many have been owing, some up to 6 months. When we came into office we tried to settle many of those debts but the Federation Account is lower and we are unable to find the resources to shore up the Federation Account.”

Driving home the point about the consequences of corruption, the Vice President said “When you consider that today, Nigeria’s reserves stands at about $27billion and we are investigating $15billion from one sector alone. That is over half of the entire reserves of the country.

“We are investigating cases which shows that over $15billion was lost in one type of contracts alone. We are not talking of oil contracts, we are talking of security related contracts alone. We have not talked at all about oil contracts, several billions.

“How we dimension the problem must be different. We cannot look at it the same way as if it is just petty stealing. This is not just stealing the resource of the country, it is stealing the future as well.

“Let me just state one clear example. All through the period when Nigeria was earning over 100 – 115 dollars in proceeds of oil for a period of almost 5 years, the external reserves of Nigeria remained much the same. It did not (significantly) increase at all despite the very high earnings.

“And that is why we have the situation that we find ourselves today. It is the external reserves that a country resorts to as a last resort in protecting its currency.”

Existential Threat

Prof. Osinbajo also compared Nigeria with another oil-producing country. He said, “When countries were experiencing these high prices, some countries were putting money aside, Saudi Arabia saved over $700billion, (as at last year) so when their currency began to suffer, of course they were able to shore up their currency with their reserves.”

In the case of Nigeria however, Prof Osinbajo lamented, “We are unable to do so. And the reason is because the reserves have been depleted. It is the same reason why it is difficult to do very many other things that we should be doing as a nation.”

He then declared that corruption poses an existential threat to the country.

“I want to just very quickly say that corruption has no label. It is not just a social evil, it is an existential threat to our country. There is no doubt at all that this is unlike other countries, (where) people say that there is corruption everywhere, which is true.

“But I think the one distinguishing feature for Nigeria and for many other countries like ours is that it is a threat that directly affects the lives and livelihoods of everyone.

“It is not just an evil, it is not just an immorality, it is an existential threat because it could truly destroy lives and it has destroyed many lives and has continued to destroy the Nigerian economy.”

Determined Effort

Prof. Osinbajo then declared that “unless there is a determined effort to fight corruption at all levels, unless that effort is determined, unless we have the political, the judicial, even the religious will, we would find ourselves in a continuous cycle of corruption, economic adversity, more corruption, and more economic adversity.”

“As I observed at another event, when you look at those who are accused of corruption in Nigeria, look at any typical case of fraud or corruption, you will never find three Igbo men (by themselves alone) or three Yoruba men or three Hausa speaking men, (by themselves alone). No, you will find federal character, well-represented.

“You find the Yoruba man, you find the Igbo man, you find the Hausa man, the Fulani man. All different groups are very well-represented. Amongst them you will find Christians and you will find Muslims.

“All of the defenses that people put forward, that, oh! It is the Igbo man, oh! It is the Hausa man, it is Yorubas, and so on, none of that is demonstrated by the facts.

“That is why it is important that as a Nigerian elite, we have the special privilege of education, we have a special privilege of position. It is the responsibility of that privilege that we must fight everything that normally hinder and distorts our economy and kill our people as well.

“That is why we must as an elite in leadership fight corruption. Some people suggest it is a matter of religion, it is not a matter of religion, I pastor a church. I pastor churches, so I know. What is important is that we must recognize corruption for what it is. Make no excuses for it and fight it with determination.

“I want to assure you that the government of President Buhari is determined to fight corruption, and that despite whatever those naysayers may say, we would fight it with everything that we have and we will leave a legacy in this nation of at least a government that chose to stand by principle and chose to stand by doing things right.”

Nigeria’s Rebirth Requires Citizens To Make Sacrifices

Eseme-EyibohA former Spokesman of the House of Representatives, Eseme Eyiboh, has urged Nigerians to be ready to make needed sacrifices, as the current government is making efforts to reposition the nation.

Giving his opinion on the current administration’s activities aimed at ensuring the rebirth of Nigeria, Mr Eyiboh said the fight against corruption was a deliberate attempt to jump-start a new thinking that would be able to galvanise Nigerians to take ownership.

“What is fuelling the agitation is the departure from the past to a new thinking.

“Corruption has been able to put Nigeria at a very terrible stage.

“The speed corruption is running in this country is unprecedented and we need speed breakers to be able to minimise this corruption to the barest minimum,” he said.

The former lawmaker also said that the government needed to introduce speed breakers to establish ethical integrity and national consciousness and also grow a thought process that would ignite collective responsibility in Nigerians.

“The speed breaker are needed to minimise corruption.

“In any democratic process there has to be the issue of the rule of law to the extent that every man is equal before the law.

“Corruption cannot go away anywhere in the human community, but the speed breakers will reduce it drastically,” the former spokesman for the House of Representatives stressed.