Farida Waziri (Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s Boss) does not need any introduction. She had just revealed that “Nigerians are not ready to fight corruption”. To the author, this is a simple indictment on herself as the EFCC Boss, and the government, since both her position and that of various tiers of government are occupied by Nigerians. A simple question to Farida Waziri is; who will fight corruption or lead the fight against corruption? The masses or the government with all state apparatus. Glad that she has spoken the truth. Nigerians know the problem has always been with the government.
Several local and international organizations have at one point or the other indicted our government on corruption. According to the United Nations (UN), “Nigerian kleptocrats have milked the nation to the tune of about $100 billion dollars thorough various acts of grand corruption, the cost of which it lamented by far exceeded the damage caused by any other single crime” (Daily Sun, Wednesday, December 3, 2008 page 9). “The World Bank estimates the country’s generals and gangster politicians stole $300 billion in the three decades to 2006”(Time Magazine, May 3rd 2010 Edition, Page 42). Transparency International noted Nigeria as one of the leading corrupt nations.
The author would wish readers to revisit his speech to Nigerians at the University of Warwick, UK, titled: Corruption: Rampant Political Corruption (Law Enforcement, Justice and Penal Systems, Legislative System, Misappropriation of Funds) Corruption is Embedded in Society. Date 9th March 2011. University of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Road, CV4 7AL. (http://briefsfromakuta.blogspot.com/2011_03_01_archive.html)
Fighting corruption in Nigeria will require a leader made up of iron and steel. For now, the author has not seen any of such person(s). May God bless Nigeria.
Chinedu Vincent Akuta.
An Activist and Citizens Journalist.