Sola Muyideen, Ilorin
Former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Mustapha Akanbi (rtd) has decried the high rate of corruption in Nigeria berating the executive, legislators and even the judiciary for not exhibiting political maturity to fight a muster in the nation polity
Akanbi made this known during a public lecture on ‘Corruption – the Bane of Our Society’ organized by Amicus International Club in Ilorin on Tuesday.
According to him: “I ask myself this question: Does it mean all the governors are corrupt-free, does it mean all the legislators are corruption-free; does it mean the judiciary is corruption free. We know that it is happening but people are not being arrested, no action is being taken and the end result is that people accept bribe with impunity now”.
Akanbi noted “that if government had taken few people to court, we would have known that something is being done lamenting that There is a general lull and the fight against corruption has gone down completely”.
He added: “When you look at many people wanting to be governors, is it because they want to serve their people or that they want to go and chop, chop chop? It is apparent that many of them want to enrich themselves because they know that when you go there you make money and become wealthy ditto for the legislatures.”
The pioneer ICPC Chairman noted that people are suffering, there is no development, there is corruption, kidnapping and the ills of the society have gone on the ascendancy and yet nobody cares and it continue to abate pointing out that there is need for the stakeholders to ruminate on these to safe future of the country.
He berated the judiciary for not helping the matter, saying: “Honestly, in terms of these governors, who have been arrested? We know about Oduahgate and the billions of naira that Sanusi alleged that was missing and nothing was done that the judiciary to deal with the situation.”
Earlier, at the occasion, a constitutional lawyer Mallam Yusuf Ali (SAN) describe corruption as a monster which makes all of us poorer in the short and long run stressing that even for those who are stealing our money they are poorer; what is the essence of money you have stolen and you cannot display whatever you have acquired with it.
Ali stressed that those who claimed to build houses outside of Nigeria are not proud to tell people that they have built such houses and buy big cars and keep them as if they are items of antiquity.
He said: “The saddest aspect is that when they take this monies out Nigeria, they are mal-nourishing our economy and nourishing the economies of the countries that are already nourished. It is a-no win situation for those who are corrupt, those who condone it and the rest of us.”