Nigeria lacks will to fight corruption, says ICPC boss

The ICPC boss says that while Nigeria has laws to fight corruption, the will for execution of such laws is lacking.

The Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, Ekpo Nta, said on Tuesday that Nigeria is not short of relevant laws to combat corruption.

Mr. Nta said the major challenge is the will to execute the laws.

The ICPC chairman, who delivered a lecture at the flag-off ceremony for the 50th anniversary of the Department of Political Science, University of Ibadan, identified the scourge as the fastest growing evil in the country.

“There had been corrupt practices decree, War Against Indiscipline, MAMSA, NOA, Foreign Exchange Decree, Money Laundry Decree, EFCC and ICPC Acts, Fiscal responsibility 2010, etc. We have more than enough laws that will stamp corruption out of our system but the problem is implementation. Implementing our laws is the problem,” he said.

The ICPC boss defined corruption as abuse of trust and political power for private gains, insisting that except all Nigerians join hands together in the fight against corruption; it will continue to thrive in the country.

Delivering the lecture, entitled “Combating corruption in Nigeria: Prospect, Challenges and Strategies”, he decried the art of plagiarism among lecturers, as well as falsification of records, sexual harassment, cultism, extortion, and false representation during accreditation in Nigerian universities.

Mr. Nta also disclosed that the commission depends majorly on information from petitions forwarded to it by members of the public for prosecution of suspects, adding that they have engaged in massive enlightenment campaign to sensitize the public on the evil of corruption to the society.

Earlier, Head of Department of Political Science, Osisioma Nwolise, had declared that corruption is wasting Nigeria’s resources and sentencing a large number of the citizenry to the harsh side of life.

He said corruption has reached the level that requires surgical operation.

“It has adopted a dimension at which it should be declared as crime against humanity and treated as such.

“Some loot our money and still spit on our faces and attend ceremonies in pride and pomposity. People who should bury their faces in shame talk so loudly and with so much impunity that they deafen the ears of our collective conscience”, Mr. Nwolise said.


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  • A.pategi

    Nigeria has Laws to fight corruption and is fighting corruption,but Nigeria is not punishing corrupt people.

  • “Some loot our money and still spit on our faces and attend ceremonies in pride and pomposity. People who should bury their faces in shame talk so loudly and with so much impunity that they deafen the ears of our collective conscience”, Mr. Nwolise said.
    ”Look at this beautiful Qoute”
    People who should bury their faces in shame talk so loudly and with so much impunity.
    Do you know why? This is because the most corrupt of all are some of our traditional rulers if they stop then we will be making progress. The untouchables they planted almost every person that is in position today whether directly or indirectly.
    Imagine after being paid their federal and state alocation some certain percentage of local govt monthly solvention is also given to them, after that each member of the emirate council and all their children their wives are on monthly salary, with all the unemployment and poorverty in the land!
    If all this are not corrected where would you start fighting corruption.
    They are giving the best life style, go on very expencive and bullet proof cars, that the money can be use to build dispensary and classrooms and social welfare homes for the destitutes or for people who are helpless in the hospital no money for operation, this is not part of religion both Islam and Christianity.
    So please stop deceiving us the masses even the chairman of the ICPC, who recommend you in that position, will definitely restrict your step to carry out your work effectively.
    If everything will be on merit and no all this some are born to enjoy and rulers are born to enjoy in Nigeria. Only time will tell we will wait they too are waiting, till when God will bring justice and fairness and leaders who fear judgement day then corruption will be minimise in Nigeria.
    Thanks