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Corruption, Greed and Waste in Nigeria System
Author: OLAWOYE ADEDOTUN | November 17, 2015

It is clear to all now that the war against corruption has completely lost steam. What many of us do not understand is why government and their functionaries still insults us by mouthing their so-called zero-tolerance for corruption. Though President Buhari has given the Nigerian troops deadline to bring terrorism to an end in the country which we hope so, but without our girls been rescued, the correct position is that our government at all levels now zero-tolerance for anti-corruption war.

The chibok girls scandal remains an open sore that will not get healed until and unless either or both the dramatics personae is or are prosecuted forthwith. This scandal makes a mockery of all claims that there is a war against corruption in Nigeria. Nigerians will not allow the matter to die down. I think prevention is better than cure why don't we prevent this so called Boko Haram from bombing our people instead of looking for suspects all around after several people has been killed.

The only amendment that would make sense is for the National Assembly to make crimes of corruption strict liability offences that would require the defendant show that she is innocent and justify how she came about her stupendous wealth and not for prosecution to prove that she is guilty. The constitution should also make it clear that there would be no interlocutory appeal in criminal cases. Without these safeguards corruption cases will go on endlessly as we are already seeing with the oil subsidy scam.

Reckless spending by states and federal government needs to be checked urgently. One example which we have always brought up is the indefensible sponsoring of pilgrims to Jerusalem and Saudi Arabia. This is wrong and constitutes an unconstitutional frittering away of public resources. Those who want to go on pilgrimage should use their own resources.

Religion is a private affair. If government do not stop this unlawful practice, we shall consider instituting actions against all of them. The same goes for sponsoring of lawyers in the Ministries and in private practice on jamboree trips to International Bar Association Conferences where Nigerians do not make any presentation except to present their rowdiness and gaudy lifestyle.

These jamborees explain why our roads are not motor-able, our schools have collapsed and there is general poverty in the land. I must not conclude without including that as Nigerian troops fight the war against Boko Haram we should not forget unemployment which is another cause of corruption in Nigeria. If we continue like this without creating job for the youth, robbery might get out of control in Nigeria and for this not to happen.

We need President Buhari to fulfill those promises he made before he was voted as the president of the federal republic of Nigeria. I want to suggest that for Nigeria to be a better nation for all of this factors such as corruption, waste, and greed explained above should be put into consideration and given quick attention.

Thanks for reading and God bless Nigeria.

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