Former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu has reprimanded Nigerians to stop indulging in hero-worship of criminals on the account of their wealth, and support government to win war against corruption.
In his statements on Monday, during the 2016 conference of the Nigerian Institute of Management in Abuja, Ribadu also said that security votes should be abolished. According to him, leadership is essential for the anti-graft war to succeed. He opinionated that leadership at all levels should provide the needed example.
“There should also be the will to apply the sanctions. As I have pointed out several times, lack of will by the political leadership to prosecute the war against corruption takes us nowhere. The political leadership should be determined and it should be seen to be serious about it.”
Speaking on the issue of the country’s budget, Ribadu said all government expenditures should be budgeted. He added that extra-budgetary spending should be criminalised and security votes should be completely phased out.
“Honesty has to be lifted to the position of a prized and rewarding national value. Criminals should not be celebrated as heroes on account of their wealth.”
Recall the former EFCC Chairman had earlier reported that due to a condition given by UK Prime minister to return Nigeria’s looted funds, former President Olusegun Obasanjo rejected the return of billions of naira laundered away by corrupt officials. Read More.
As a former law enforcement officer, Ribadu always emphasise that unless government and citizens join their forces to fight corruption, it will not be eradicated from the country.
The anti-graft agency has launched the war against corruption since 2003 when the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF) named Nigeria as one of 23 countries non-cooperative in the international community’s efforts to fight money laundering.