Retired permsec blames ‘relatives’ for corruption
The immediate-past Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Sola Enikanolaiye said family and friends push public officers to engage in corrupt practices by placing ‘unnecessary’ financial burden on them.
Enikanolaiye, at a reception organised in his honour in Abuja at the weekend, said too many financial expectations on high ranking government officials by relatives and acquaintances, force them to look for all means to meet those expectations.
“Nigerians should not try to mount too much pressure on public servants. The expectations are simply too much. They expect you to give them cash, job, and help them solve all sorts of problems.
“People you never met before, they don’t know you, they just get your phone numbers and begin to call that I want to get married, I want to pay some fees, do this and that. I wonder how you expect a permanent secretary to get that kind of money,” he said.
Enikanolaiye, therefore, enjoined all Nigerians to support the Federal Government fight against corruption. This, he said, could be done by not putting too much pressure on high ranking public servants.
He also urged public officers to imbibe the spirit of commitment towards civil service.
Former Minister of External Affairs, Professor Ibrahim Gambari extolled the virtues of Enikanolaiye, saying he distinguished himself in places he had served.
“He left the foreign ministry as glorious as the service he provided,” he said.