Speaking at the funeral, in Yenagoa, of the late former National Security Adviser (NSA), General Andrew Owoye Azazi, who died in a helicopter crash, President Goodluck Jonathan spoke about corruption in Nigeria and asked Nigerians to emulate the virtues of fairness, honesty and competence that he found in the late Azazi in order to make the country a better place.
The President was responding to an earlier remark by one of the Bishops at the funeral who spoke about corruption in Nigeria and said “Corruption is the only reason we would continue to have air mishaps. If the aircraft are certified to be airworthy, how come they keep falling over? If the military cannot guarantee the protection and safety of one of their own, how can they protect others?"
The Bishop also appealed to the Federal Government to build more roads in country.
Responding, President Jonathan said “Corruption is not the cause of our problem, Nigeria has more institutions that fight corruption. Most of the issues we talk about are not corruption. If we do things properly, if we change our attitudes of doing things, we will see that most of the things we think are caused by corruption are not.”
“If Nigerians would change their attitude, you will realise that most of these issues being attributed to corruption are not caused by corruption. Recently, I met with officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps who told me that they had discovered that majority of the road accidents are recorded on good roads. So you can see it is not a matter of corruption, it is an issue of the people’s attitude.
“If we change our attitude to life, if all Nigerians do what is right, Nigeria will change. If 50 per cent of Nigerians would behave like late Azazi, believe me, this country will change for the better. I had no regret when I appointed him national security adviser, he was a good Nigerian.’’
“As we mourn Azazi, let us learn from his lifetime achievements to do what is right for the general good of our nation. Let us begin to pattern our lives in emulation of late Azazi’s life of devotion and dedication to national service.”
At the event, Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers state also announced that a major road currently under construction in Port Harcourt, Rivers State will be named after Azazi to immortalise his name. Amaechi said, “On Monday, we shall put a signpost to officially name the street, a major road we are currently constructing opposite Elekahia, to be named, “General Andrew Owoye Azazi Street."
The late General Azazi was laid to rest at Ijaw National Heroes Park in Yenagoa.
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OBJ HOUSTON TEXAS, USA January 13, 2013
"If all Nigerians do what is right, Nigeria will change"; unfortunately our president has not done what is right and Nigeria is worse off. Statements such as this is very troubling and it shows that President Jonathan has no understanding of what is going on or what needs to be done to advance the country. He does not see corruption as one of the many reasons the country has regressed. Mr. President, with all due respect, you need to step down for the welfare of the country.
The longer you stay in the office the worst Nigeria becomes. You have failed to lead and have not demonstrated the accountability you were attempting to explain in your speech because you don't know what it means. Show Nigerians that you are accountable, and they will emulate you. Hold you cabinet accountable by letting them go for lack of production, let the governors know that the days of stealing from the citizens are over, let the police officers know that the days of collecting money from road users are over, let the attorney general know that he/she must prosecute all those who violate the law of the land, let NEPA/whatever know that power supply must be constant or else. Mr. President show us accountability and stop showing us ignorance.
God save from Jonathan.
"Coming In From The Cold" California, USA January 12, 2013
What? Corruption is not the cause of our problem but our attitude is? How do accidents that happen on good roads relate to corruption in our society? What nonsensical analogy is that?
My God, who is this man and what planet is he from? Does this man think at all before responding to questions about issues? I am ashamed many times over about Jonathan’s answers to issues and to call this man my President. This is the person Obasanjo installed on us? What qualities did he find in Jonathan to make him our President?
And he thinks because we have more institutions that fight corruption, then corruption is not our problem; like these institutions are actually fighting corruption. What a freaking …. (please excuse my thought of what I would have liked to call this man). Why would we have institutions fighting corruption if corruption is not a major problem? What logic is that? I don’t get Jonathan at all.
The whole world knows Nigeria is a very corrupt country; perhaps the most corrupt, I believe. In a rich country like Nigeria, what else can be causing the lack of progress; the lack of good roads; the lack of electricity; the abandonment of water supply to new homes (everybody now drills wells) and postal services in many areas; the increase in extrajudicial killings; the lack of technological advancement; the lack of rule of law; the lack of everything imaginable, etc. if not corruption. All they know how to do is waste or embezzle money.
The solution to a problem can only begin if you admit there is such a problem in the first place. For Jonathan to deny what the whole world knows (and we Nigerians know too), goes to show his lack of understanding of what is going on or he is just simply grandstanding.
Nigerians don’t need that. What we need is the truth so we can have real solutions. Let God do whatever He wants with Nigeria - save it, divide it, destroy it, I don't care. May God's will be done.
Nkajlo Vangh Minnesota, USA January 02, 2013
It's hard to find a sitting president talking about corruption in his own country. His courage will generate more efforts to straight the Nigerian business and government officials.
Perhaps, it would show his sincerity if he would actually implement some measure that will heve good impact in combatting corruption in Nigerian practices! If not, keep talking may endanger himself.
OMOTAYO, J. A. Lagos, NIGERIA December 31, 2012
Hum...um...um, Mr. Jonathan! I think that you get the logic wrong. The bad road slows down the driver. On good road, the driver speeds to recover lost time on bad road. The overspeeding on good road raises risk of accident. But why have bad road in the midst of trillions spent between 1999 and 2012? Corruption.
No agency fights corruption in Nigeria. Think of Messrs James Ibori, Otedola & Lawan Farouk, etc. Thanks to the bishop. Happy New Year to all Nigerians. God save Nigeria.
Pastor Commander Samyoung Onwuzulike Washington, DC, USA December 30, 2012
I hope the President has no personal mental problem regarding to his thoughts and ideas. He said corruption is not the cause of the problems of Nigeria, but the issue of people's attitude. Mr President are you ok? The root of uprising is denial of justice, and truth.
I am sorry if you think you can buy all Nigerians over, those who will see white and called it black. They will see black and called it white, there are still few raised by Christ in this end time to free their weak and needy Nigerians from the hands of their oppressors. You are playing with fire, Nigeria today is not Nigeria of yesterday.
I know you are a sign of Jonah given to Nigerians, because they disbelieved in Christ True Resurrection Day but wait, both you and your groups will the Light of the truth as Saul who became Apostle Paul saw it and believed.