Obasanjo: Nepotism, impunity killing Nigeria *NASS siege evidence of how far we’ve sunk

By Editor on 09/08/2018

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Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has decried at the level of impunity and nepotism has assumed in the running of the affairs of the country at the moment, saying that nobody should expect any sound development as a result.

It was also on a day the former President particularly condemned the current handling of the menace of herdsmen in the country, saying it is no credit to the Federal Government that their rampage had continued with careless abandon and without an effective solution,

Stressing his revulsion to manifest impunity by the present government and their agencies, he said Tuesday’s siege on the National Assembly, was an indication of how low Nigeria’s politics and our democracy have been taken.

Obasanjo, in a lecture entitled: The challenges in Ethics in National Development at the 17th annual distinguished guest lecture of The Forum at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, said suspicion as to who is behind the herdsmen rampage had become rife.

Arguing that lack of ethics or public morality constituted a recipe for underdevelopment leading to chaos, anarchy, immorality and insecurity, he decried the levity and discriminating political considerations with which the present government was handling the socio-economic in the country.

Hear him: “Ethics and morals are an integral part of creating this social fabric so the nation can persist over time. Where mutual benefits and security is lacking, what you have is an unethical society and unethical nation and that does not augur well for development.”

He lamented particularly how both the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), the two agencies, he established during his tenure to fight corruption had been carrying on in recent times.

He said the result from the activities of both agencies were “the decipherable mindset, consequent planning, conduct, actions and statements of politicians that tend more towards the use of religion and ethnicity for selfish, self-seeking and separatists’ agenda.”

He added: “Emphasis on socioeconomic development was limited only to self, families, clans, region before the nation in that order, so much so that the all-important matters of state were subverted. Nigeria has been established, but we are yet to establish and build Nigerians.

“The real socioeconomic issues that could impact on the people directly for their welfare and wellbeing are handled with levity and with discriminating political considerations.

 “Let nobody deceive us, economy feeds on politics and because our politics is depressing, our economy is even more depressing today. What happened at the National Assembly on Tuesday, August 7th 2018, and which has been roundly condemned is an indication of how low our politics and our democracy have been taken.

“Our constitution is very clear; one of the cardinal responsibilities of the President is the management of the economy of which the value of the naira forms an integral part.

“Kinship and friendship that place responsibility for governance in the hands of the unelected can only be a deterrent to good government and to the nation.

“What is more, the government that came to power on the mantra and sentiments of change and anti-corruption has been badly compromised. To win the war or to be taken seriously, the battle, as a “national emergency” will yield positive results only if we adopt a realistic and holistic strategy that can restore public confidence in the war against corruption and if our anti-graft war efforts are coordinated with the right personnel to drive it.

“Charity must begin at home for leaders and agencies involved. There should be no sacred cow or condonation. When a crime is condoned for political gains, it is bad for politics and it cannot help development.”






Source Whirlwindnews.com

Posted on August, 9 2018

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