Lawmaker frowns at celebration of corrupt Nigerians

The lawmaker says corruption is an epidemic in the country.

A federal lawmaker, Segun Williams, has lamented the glorification of corrupt officers by Nigerians.

Mr. Williams stated his views in Abeokuta while featuring as a guest speaker at the monthly guest forum of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Ogun State Chapter.

He, however, called on government at all levels to tackle the problem of corruption headlong, maintaining that the menace would continue to slowdown the wheel of progress in the country if not addressed.

“Corruption in Nigeria is still endemic and pandemic. Corruption in Nigeria has in no way abated. Corruption is now on the high trend, honestly, it is fast becoming institutionalized. One thing that beats my imagination is how Nigeria glorify corrupt officers.

“There is no gain saying that our democracy has little challenges. There has been a slow down in the political process and we are still going through political experiment. We’ve been able to achieve political stability because all organs of government are now becoming fully entrenched in the system,” he added.

The lawmaker, representing Abeokuta South Federal Constituency, stated that the new constitution would correct all anomalies identified in the 1999 constitution as amended.

Speaking on the topic 14th Year of Democracy: House of Representatives Perspective, Mr. Williams assured Nigerians of a people-oriented constitution which will take into consideration peoples’ hopes and aspirations.

He scored the Assembly high on stabilizing the polity through effective legislation, adding that the country was still passing through a political experiment. He, however, insisted that the problem of corruption and restiveness must be addressed if the country was to compete in the community of nations.

In his remark, Eddy Aina, chairman of the occasion, commended the House of Representatives for standing behind ordinary Nigerians at critical moments through the formation of various committees to unearth cases of corruption.

“There is no gainsaying the fact that the House of Representatives more than the Senate, is reputed to always stand solidly behind ordinary Nigerians at critical moments, especially during the nationwide demonstration against the January 2012 arbitrary petroleum price increase by President Jonathan, the proposed N5,000 denomination and many cases of monumental corruption unearthed by various House committees.

“Nevertheless, Nigerians are easily reminded that yes, the House, more often, is people oriented but has as its albatross the issue of jumbo salaries and allowances still hidden to Nigerians and corrupt, unethical practices by some of its members,” Mr. Aina said.

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