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Akanbi deplores poor reading culture among Nigerians


Justices Mustapha Akanbi

Justices Mustapha Akanbi

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Former chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), Justice Mustapha Akanbi (rtd) yesterday deplored the poor reading culture among Nigerians, saying the development could not be divorced from high rate of examination malpractices among many Nigerian students.

Akanbi, who said he started reading voraciously since the age of 10, disclosed that even as an octogenarian, he seldom sleeps without having books by his sides, as they remain the best source of knowledge to him.

He spoke yesterday in Ilorin during the commissioning of an ultra-modern library in his honour, christened, ‘Mustapha Akanbi Library.’

“I started reading voraciously since the age of 10. I sleep with books on both my right and left. Even when I was on hospital bed in London for about 11 months running, I read countless number of books.

“But it saddens one’s heart today to observe that reading culture has gone down. People don’t value reading again.

“Reading makes us a full man, just as Mathematics makes us to think. If we imbibe true reading culture, definitely students will not cheat during their examinations,” stated.

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