A former Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, Justice Mustapha Akanbi and the Chairman, Anti-Corruption Commission, Nigerian Bar Association, Mallam Yusuf Ali, SAN have lambasted the President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration for not doing enough in its fight against corruption. The duo, who spoke at a public lecture on “Corruption – the bane of our society,” organised by the Amicus International Club in Ilorin, Kwara State Tuesday, decried the increasing rate of corruption in the country, adding that nothing tangible and substantial was being done to address corruption.
Akanbi a former President of the Court of Appeal said corruption, kidnapping and other societal ills were on the increase in the country and that government institutions and the judiciary were not helping in curbing the trends.
Akanbi in an interview with a national newspaper said: “Honestly, I do not see what is being done about corruption now. I ask myself these questions: Does it mean that all the governors are corruption-free? Does it mean all the legislators are corruption-free? Does it mean the judiciary is corruption free? We know that it is happening but people are not being arrested, no action is being taken and the end result is that people accept bribe with impunity now.’’
He said aspiring seeking to be governors are not doing so because they want to serve the people but to enrich themselves because they know when they are elected they become wealthy.
“Honestly, in case of the governors, who have been arrested? We know about Oduahgate and the billions of naira that Sanusi alleged was missing. The terrible thing is that the judiciary is not helping. “The indices are that the moments are dark, the clouds have thickened and corruption is escalating.” Ali said that Jonathan’s administration was not fighting corruption at all and urged Nigerians to know that corruption makes all the citizens poorer in the short and long run.
He said: “I have said this long time ago, there is no drive against corruption by the current government and that is quite obvious because the President believes that there is no corruption in Nigeria. He believes that what is going on is petty stealing. “So, if he doesn’t believe there is corruption, you can’t hold him for not driving any anti-corruption war. If somebody doesn’t believe there is a problem then he would not be obliged to look for solution.”