Only me­thod­i­cal ap­proach can de­feat cor­rup­tion, says Ogun­jebe

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - LAW STORIES - By Joseph Onyek­were

PROMI­NENT La­gos lawyer, Mr. Dayo Ogun­jebe has faulted the ap­proach of the cur­rent gov­ern­ment in the fight against cor­rup­tion, say­ing the war could only be won if the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) led gov­ern­ment uti­lizes sin­cer­ity of pur­pose and me­thod­i­cal ap­proach.

Ogun­jebe’s is speak­ing at the back­drop of the re­cently re­leased list of Nige­ri­ans who are be­lieved to have looted the coun­try dur­ing the last Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) led gov­ern­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has not demon­strated enough sin­cer­ity in its self-im­pose war on cor­rup­tion, say­ing the fight has been half hearted as only chief­tains of the op­po­si­tion party are be­ing called to ques­tion while those in the rul­ing party are be­ing left un­ques­tioned.

He stated that no fewer than 20 for­mer PDP gover­nors with cor­rup­tion cases are now in the rul­ing APC, adding that they have not been called up for se­ri­ous ques­tion­ing by the anti-graft agen­cies thus call­ing to ques­tion, the cred­i­bil­ity of Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari’s anti-cor­rup­tion drive.

The lawyer also added that no fewer than 22 out of the 24 gover­nors elected on the plat­form of the APC were equally for­mer mem­bers of the PDP.

“We are in­deed aware that cor­rup­tion has been a canker­worm that has eaten deep into the na­tion’s fab­ric and that there is ur­gent need to fight it to a stand­still.

“All Nige­ri­ans are unan­i­mous in this be­lieve and that formed the ba­sis upon which Nige­ri­ans elected the Muham­madu Buhari-led gov­ern­ment.

“What has hap­pened is that since the com­ing into be­ing, the best the na­tion has been treated to, is me­dia trial, all mo­tion with­out move­ment, with gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials usu­ally run­ning into the me­dia with names of sus­pected loot­ers with­out the agen­cies re­spon­si­ble be­ing able to es­tab­lish prima fa­cie case against the ac­cused,” he said.

Ogun­jebe urged the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to em­bark on in­sti­tu­tional re­forms of all var­i­ous agen­cies sad­dle with the task of pre­vent­ing the oc­cur­rence of the scourge as well as those re­lat­ing to pun­ish­ing er­rant mem­bers of the pub­lic who are found to be cul­pa­ble in the act.

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