Jonathan flays Nigerians for rewarding corruption

President Jonathan
President Goodluck Jonathan has said in spite of the institutional reforms aimed at fighting corrupt practices, Nigerians, through their actions, still reward corruption.
The President said this on Tuesday in Abuja while declaring open the 54th annual conference of the Nigerian Economic Society (NES) with the theme, “Institutions, institutional reforms and economic development”.
The President argued that if Nigerians do not reward corrupt practices, those who enriched themselves through dubious means would not be celebrated.
Jonathan said the fight against corruption is not what the government alone can handle, adding that both public and private institutions are also involved in sharp practices.
The President, who said he would not mention names for fear of being attacked, however, advised that the country should stop creating an environment where people would be tempted to take what belongs to the public.
He said “We believe that we should not create an environment where people would be tempted to take what belongs to the public because that is why even in the fertiliser business we talk about electronic wallet so that funds are not exposed to corrupt people.
“When you talk about corruption, the private sector is involved; the public sector is involved; even the individuals including other societies and I wouldn’t want to mention names so that I will not be attacked.
“But I know that if collectively all of us don’t reward corruption, people would not be attracted to corrupt practices but when we all reward corruption, then of course we will be tempted to go in that direction.”
Jonathan pledged that his administration would continue to focus on how to strengthen all anti-corruption agencies to step up the fight against corruption.
He said the Federal Government’s approach to fighting corruption was targeted at building institutions that had the capacity to overcome corrupt influences.  This approach, he added, would use the rule of law as a framework to fight corruption.
In this regard, he said the leadership of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences have been repositioned to ensure more effective, efficient and transparent way of managing corruption and corrupt practices.
He said, “I want a society where all of us will frown upon people who come up with what they are not supposed to have.
“If a young man who just started a job and within six months or a year comes up with a car of N7m to N15m and you clap for him, then you are rewarding corruption.
“So for us as a nation to bring corruption down in Nigeria, it is not just blaming government or blaming police but all individuals must frown upon people who have what they are not supposed to have; who live in houses they supposed not to live in; who drive cars they are not supposed to drive and who wear suits more expensive.”



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