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Akanbi: Jonathan, Governors Should Lead By Example On Corruption

Justice Mustapha Akanbi ,  a former Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and other-related offences Commission, , has said for the fight against corruption to be effective, President Goodluck Jonathan, the 36 governors, other political office holders  and traditional rulers  must  lead by example.

Akanbi, at the 46th annual conference of the Nigerian Association of Law Teachers on Tuesday  in Ilori, Kwara State,   said   corruption  is steadily eating deep into the fabrics of the country as a result of the government’s lack of will power to curb it.

Akanbi said, “The task of fighting corruption and of developing the nation is the responsibility of all Nigerians, but the greater burden lies on the nation’s leadership. “Therefore, let the President,  governors, political leaders, politicians, top civil/public servants, our Emirs, Obas and Obis lead by example and be in the vanguard of the struggle to eliminate corruption or reduce it to tolerable level.”

He alleged that the political leadership was tolerating corruption adding that   it was very worrisome that many indicted, accused former governors, ministers and party officials still walked freely in the country with their loot intact.

He also stated that some of them had managed to walk their way back to the corridors of power and were even being celebrated as power brokers. The ex-ICPC  boss and one time President  of the Court of Appeal, said it was worrisome that the circle of corruption was  becoming wider. He added that those charged with the task of fighting corruption were not finding it easy to carry out their duties.

He said, “Today, as never before, the level of criminal activities in our country is on the ascendency. Bare-faced looting of public treasury, fuel subsidy  and pension scams, money laundering, economic crimes of all sorts, oil bunkering, kidnapping, cold-blooded murder and massacre as well as  grand and petty corruption are now common occurances. They are committed with recklessness and impunity.

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