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Is it true that corruption is everywhere?

By Issa Saliu | issa_saliu@yahoo.com | +2348033505422


Corruption related allegations against some government officials in the country have been generating a lot of controversies. The NNPC General Manager vs Ibe Kachikwu, the petroleum minister, the Allison Madueke, present senator Godswill Akpabio are cases that readily come to mind, other examples abound around, the list of which could not be exhausted.

It was reported by some national dailies that an Abuja based pastor and president of the council of concerned youth of Nigeria (COCYON), Olumide Akinrinlola alleged that corruption has no limit in this country. Personally, I do not like the way people always attach political sentiment to everything. Yes I always stand for the truth in my constructive criticism, but in every rumour there must be an element of truth.

Criticism should at all times be aimed at putting any member of the ruling government on his or her toes for the betterment of the citizens of the country, but people who see critics as a voice of opposition must also know that they are not honest and true to themselves when most of the time they see every criticism against the government as an error or partisanship. People must also be educated that stealing of money, embezzlement of funds or corrupt practices are not done via bank transactions or by taking away physical cash from the government vault, but through awarding of contracts and lack of due process.

This reminds me of a song by Fela Anikulapo of blessed memory in which says that some people have committed sins for speaking out their mind. What kind of people are we in Nigeria if everything we observe about what others people is doing wrongly all correct?
The views expressed actually represent the interest of the downtrodden masses at the grassroots. I am plagued with insomnia after reading on the pages of some national dailies about the allegations leveled against the Inspector General Police’s on misconduct. It was a surprise that the IGP has been mentioned in various scandals by Senator Isa Misau, an All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmaker from Bauchi state, the calls for the resignation or sack of the overall police boss in Nigeria is now growing louder by the day.

Also, a group known as Coalition of Civil Society Groups for Integrity and Justice (CCSGIJ), has demanded for the resignation of the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris within 5 working days, the groups made the demand at a press briefing in Abuja on Sunday, October 8. It was gathered that the groups are Lawyers Integrity Crusade Network (LICN), National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN),National Youth Democratic Congress (NYDC) and other civil society organizations has mounted pressure on the Nigeria's police boss, Ibrahim Idris to resign.

According to them, the allegations against the police boss were overwhelming to the extent that the IGP should bow out to salvage the image of the police force. Since then, IGP Idris has come under intense criticism owing to various allegations leveled against him by the senator representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Isah Hamma Misau.

Senator Misau alleged that the IGP was engaging in promotion racketeering and taking bribes as much as N15 million before posting commissioners of police and state mobile commanders. Misau also alleged that the police boss receives N10 billion monthly from oil companies and other private individuals who enjoy special protection from the police. He said Mr Idris has lost the integrity and moral standing to lead the Nigeria Police Force. He charged the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to perform his duties creditably by advising President Muhammadu Buhari to remove IGP Idris from office within 5 working days, starting from yesterday, Monday, October 9,” the group announced.
Is it true that corruption is everywhere? Reviewed by nationalmoonlight on October 15, 2017 Rating: 5

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