Only methodical approach can defeat corruption, says Ogunjebe
Prominent Lagos lawyer, Mr. Dayo Ogunjebe has faulted the approach of the current government in the fight against corruption, saying the war could only be won if the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government utilizes sincerity of purpose and methodical approach.
Ogunjebe’s is speaking at the backdrop of the recently released list of Nigerians who are believed to have looted the country during the last Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led government.
According to him, the Federal Government has not demonstrated enough sincerity in its self-impose war on corruption, saying the fight has been half hearted as only chieftains of the opposition party are being called to question while those in the ruling party are being left unquestioned.
He stated that no fewer than 20 former PDP governors with corruption cases are now in the ruling APC, adding that they have not been called up for serious questioning by the anti-graft agencies thus calling to question, the credibility of President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption drive.
The lawyer also added that no fewer than 22 out of the 24 governors elected on the platform of the APC were equally former members of the PDP.“We are indeed aware that corruption has been a cankerworm that has eaten deep into the nation’s fabric and that there is urgent need to fight it to a standstill.
“All Nigerians are unanimous in this believe and that formed the basis upon which Nigerians elected the Muhammadu Buhari-led government.“What has happened is that since the coming into being, the best the nation has been treated to, is media trial, all motion without movement, with government officials usually running into the media with names of suspected looters without the agencies responsible being able to establish prima facie case against the accused,” he said.
Ogunjebe urged the Federal Government to embark on institutional reforms of all various agencies saddle with the task of preventing the occurrence of the scourge as well as those relating to punishing errant members of the public who are found to be culpable in the act.