Nigeria has been accused of keeping Africa in poverty because of the huge corruption by the country’s leadership that keep on increasing on daily basis.
This accusation was levelled against Nigeria by Patrick Lumumba, a former Director of Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission.
Premium Times reports that Lumumba said the African continent has lagged behind in most facets of human development because its largest country, Nigeria, has remained in poverty due to fraudulent activities in public service.
“Africa is behind because Nigeria has not realized her potential. It’s time the leaders rise up because one in every five Africans is a Nigerian,” he said.
Lumumba, a professor of law, noted that the way out of this is “behavioural change culture must be instilled in Nigeria.”
“People must be made to know that if you reap where you have not sown there are consequences. Men only change their behaviours when there is a threat pain.”
“Institutions are the heart of the fight against corruption but he will not succeed if the legislature is not behind him and the institutions are not strengthened.
“Because only institutions defy time and outlive those that live on graft.
The Kenyan anti-corruption Tsar called for a wholesome support for President Muhammadu Buhari in his war against corruption, especially on the need to build lasting institutions.
Lumumba spoke at the two-day anti-corruption summit which began on Tuesday, October 19 at the Nigerian Air Force Conference Centre in Abuja.
Meanwhile, minister of transportation Rotimi Amaechi has responded to the accusations of corruption by Supreme Court Justice John Inyang Okoro.
Okoro was quoted as saying that Buhari’s minister tried to bribe him to influence the court decision in the election tribunal of Rivers state, Abia state and Akwa-Ibom state.