Jonathan is Nigeria’s Most Corrupt President – Dino Melaye
The present administration of President Goodluck Jonathan has been described as the most corrupt in the history of Nigeria. Executive Secretary of the Anti-corruption Network and former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Dino Melaye made the allegation during an exclusive interview with our Correspondent in Port Harcourt.
Melaye who frowned at what he described as lip service to the anti-corruption war in Nigeria urged the President to rise up to the challenge and ensure that credible people are appointed to head the nation’s anti-corruption agencies.
He expressed concerns over the deep rooted corruption in the country’s anti-corruption agencies and warned that ‘mass action’ is likely if nothing is done urgently to sanitize the system.
“The anti-corruption war in Nigeria is on the pages of newspapers. It is on pen and paper; on the lips of individuals. There is actually no seriousness on the part of government and her agencies to fight corruption in Nigeria. The government of President Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan is the most corrupt in Nigerian history. The fight against corruption in Nigeria cannot be taken seriously except we have constitutional amendments to our laws, especially, the powers of the President to appoint the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission, Code of Conducts Bureau and other related Anti Corruption agencies, as well as the Independent National Electoral commission-INEC. The power should be taken back to the National Judicial Council that will make recommendations to the Council of States for approval. Until that is done, the fight against corruption will remain mere leap service.”
On the performance of the anti-corruption agencies, he argues: “It boils down to leadership. There is a popular adage that once the head of a fish is rotten, the entire body is gone. Nigerians are gullible people; irrespective of their vocation. Once the leadership of a particular organization stands straight, others will follow.”
“The issue is with the leadership of these anti-graft agencies. Once the leadership is ready to work with sincerity of purpose and commitment, there will be a way out. It boils down to the appointment of the leadership of the agencies. Once the right man is there, others will sit up. “
“If the anti-corruption agencies are not corrupt, they would have fought corruption because, carrying out selective and vindictive fight against corruption is corruption; refusing to prosecute corrupt persons is an act of corruption.”
On the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Center and other anti-corruption related Bills being considered at the National Assembly, the ex law maker described them as fantastic, but warned against appointment of stooges as heads of the proposed agencies in order to make them function effectively.
By Destiny Ugorji (culled from The Agenda)
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