Justice Mustapha Akanbi
Retired Justice Mustapha Akanbi, former President, Appeal Court and a past chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, will be 80 on 11 September 2012. Akanbi seizes the opportunity of his birthday interview to comment on corruption in the polity. Of course, he proffers solution
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Justice Mustapha Akanbi
One of the most serious threats to the corporate existence of Nigeria is corruption. It is responsible for the fundamental failures of central strategic direction within government. The complete absence of social infrastructure and its concomitant crisis of poverty and insecurity threatening to engulf the entire country are attributable to the blossoming rage of corruption.
Even Nigerians certainly do not need any prophet to tell them that theirs is a corrupt country. Here, corruption is, indeed, a naked god. Nigerians see corruption live every day. They see the vice stalk their broken and dilapidated streets, roads and highways across the country. They see corruption bid them goodbye at the airports and welcome them back into the country. Continue reading
Former President, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, ICAN, Otunba Lateef Owoyemi, says Nigerian leaders will continue to steal as long as the cost of participating in elections remains extremely expensive.
Owoyemi spoke at the annual public lecture of ICAN organised by the Lagos State Public Service held at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers in Lagos, southwest Nigeria, yesterday on the theme: Accounting and Accountability in the Oil and Financial Sectors. Continue reading
HONOURABLE AMINU TAMBUWAL AND THE LEADERSHIP OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES MUST RESIGN NOW.
(PRESS STATEMENT OF THE PUBLIC
INTEREST LAWYERS LEAGUE -PILL)
Prior to the public release of the House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee’s Report on the Oil Subsidy Scam, the Public Interest Lawyers League (PILL) received information from impeccable sources detailing how the Chair of the Ad hoc committee, Farouk Lawan solicited bribe and received bribe running into the sum of five hundred United States dollars from the oil tycoon, Femi Otedola. Continue reading
So it is true my man Farouk Lawan actually collected $620,000 bribe from Mr. Femi Otedola? So sad!
I suspected so all along. Although I am not a fan of former president Olusegun Obasanjo, when he stated recently that there were “armed robbers, criminals and rogues” in the National Assembly, I knew he spoke as a person with strong evidence, even though many people did not take him seriously. Many observers and analysts had preferred to look at the messenger (Obasanjo) rather than the message. And expectedly, apparently to divert public attention, the “criminals” in the National Assembly poured all sorts of insults on the former president rather than address the issue. Their warped thinking in such a waste-of-time fallacy was that if Obasanjo proves to be judged objectionably in some way, his claims must also be judged unacceptable. Continue reading
Democracy Day 2012 Church Service: Jonathan, Ministers Refuse To Respond “Amen” To Prayers Against Corruption
From their reaction to the prayer on corruption even in the house of God, it appears the country has a long way to go in the crusade against corruption.
This was manifested at the interdenominational church service held at the national ecumenical centre, Abuja to mark the take off of the 2012 Democracy day.
It was observed that the President and other government officials, including governors and Ministers became enraged when the guest preacher, the immediate past prelate of the Anglican church of Nigeria, Most Reverend Akinola urged the entire congregation to join in the fight against corruption. Continue reading
Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has accused President Goodluck Jonathan of losing the war against corruption in the country. In a communiqué at the end of Board of Trustees and National Executive Council meeting in Kaduna, the ACF stated that happenings in the polity showed that government was no longer up and doing in its avowed fight against corruption.
The communiqué, signed by National Publicity Secretary, Anthony Sani, said that having reviewed the recent revelations of monumental corruption in the country, particularly, in the police pension office, the fuel subsidy scheme as well as the conviction of former Governor James Ibori by a British court and other bribery convictions relating to Halliburton, Daimler and Siemens in the USA and Germany, “it appears that the campaign against corruption is in danger of losing steam. More distressing, it appears that some of the cases suggest that the nation’s judiciary and investigation and prosecution agencies have been compromised and may be a part of the problem; not much of the solution.”
Continuing, the group said: “While commending the House of Representatives for conducting this major investigation in the horrendous scandal, the meeting called on the Federal Government to step up the war on corruption and live up to its pledge of sparing no perpetrators of this crime.
“The meeting also called on the nation’s judiciary to do more to restore public confidence in the integrity of its judgments. It must avoid giving technical but strive always to deliver substantive justice.
“In order to revitalize the fight against corruption, which has become urgent, it is the considered opinion of the forum that any contemplation of scrapping the two anti-graft agencies, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission (ICPC), should be perished. The two institutions could, of course, be merged.”
However, ACF commended President Jonathan for his efforts at providing almajiri schools that would teach both western and Islamic education in the North.
The forum then called on the northern state governments to follow up the momentum President Jonathan is building to achieve a more rapid improvement in the quality and volume of primary and secondary education in the North.
…..this is stating the obvious, isn’t it?