Ak­in­tola, Ku­malia: ‘Cor­rupt people most vo­cal on cor­rup­tion’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Nu­rud­deen M. Ab­dal­lah

Some of the most cor­rupt people are most vo­cal when is­sues of cor­rup­tion are raised, a del­e­gate at the Na­tional Con­fer­ence Adeniyi Ak­in­tola has said.

Speak­ing yes­ter­day, Ak­in­tola said it was pa­thetic that when­ever the is­sue of cor­rup­tion was be­ing dis­cussed, those who should be in jail for cor­rupt prac­tices are the most vo­cal.

The del­e­gate said that if govern­ment were to com­pare the as­sets of pub­lic of­fice hold­ers be­tween when they en­tered pub­lic ser­vice and at the time of de­par­ture, all of them, in­clud­ing for­mer state gov­er­nors, would be in jail.

He said some­times, pub­lic of­fi­cers de­clared in their as­sets form what they do not have and on en­ter­ing pub­lic of­fice would be­gin steal­ing des­per­ately to meet the tar­get ear­lier de­clared.

An­other del­e­gate from North East, Mo­hammed Umara Ku­malia, spoke in the same vein say­ing cor­rup­tion is so per­va­sive that gov­er­nors buy pri­vate jets af­ter leav­ing of­fice.

He said if rep­re­sen­ta­tions at the con­fer­ence were through elec­tion, it would have been im­pos­si­ble for most of the del­e­gates to have been there to dis­cuss is­sues of na­tional im­por­tance as they af­fect their dif­fer­ent groups.

Re­act­ing to var­i­ous al­le­ga­tions against for­mer gov­er­nors, for­mer Niger State gover­nor Ab­dulka­dir Kure said he would pray for the likes of Ku­malia to “be­come gov­er­nors some day so that we would ap­praise their per­for­mance af­ter they leave of­fice.”

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