Corruption rising in Nigeria, says Ribadu

The former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, has said corruption is on the rise in the country. He said the Federal Government was undermining the anti-corruption war. Ribadu spoke in Lagos at the weekend during a public lecture organised by the University of Lagos (UNILAG) Muslim Alumni Association. He said the government has not built on anti corruption foundations that the previous government left behind. Ribadu said: “So many corrupt people get away with their acts, because of their relationships with heads of institutions that ought to counter or expose their abuse of office. Some convicts are being granted state pardon, thereby rubbishing the whole effort at corruption. These practices have turned corruption into a sort of culturally-or ethically-accepted trend. The corruption war we are fighting can be won, if the leader shows the way all the other people would follow; but when the leader takes the other way, we are in a problem. Ribadu said only an incorruptible leader who is ready to subject his cronies to the processes of the law, in cases of infringement, could lead the nation on the war against corruption.


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