Former ICPC Chairman, Justice Mustapha Akanbi
By Damilola Oyedele
The former Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), Justice Mustapha Akanbi has called for a public re-orientation and education of Nigerians to other means of being comfortable asides indulging in corrupt practices.
He also listed enforcement of anti-graft laws by prosecution and conviction of offenders as panacea to the scourge which has continued to plague the nation for decades.
He said these in his opening address as Chairman of the National Conference on Sectoral Professional Values: Implications for National Development organised by the Otonti Nduka Foundation for Values Education and the Nigerian Academy of Education in Abuja, recently.
He lamented that officials who are supposed to ensure that anti-corruption agencies persecute and secure the convictions of offenders usually seek to influence their release.
“You do not have to steal or take bribes to make it in life. We must catch the thieves, else we are in serious trouble, and Government must ensure that these anti-corruption cases are not swept under the carpet” he said.
The retired President of the Court of Appeal also called for re-orientation from the notion that only people involved in politics can be rich. He called for an education to campaign for hard work in all sectors among Nigerians.
“Unless all of us decide to change the society, the society would never change. We have to work together and inspire confidence in our people, that they can be whatever they want to be without indulging in corrupt practices,” Akanbi said.
The Founder of the Otonti Nduka Founder, Prof. Otonti Nduka said the development of Nigeria has been stalled for decades by corruption and the fact that its perpetrators are not convicted for their crimes against the country.
He disclosed that the foundation was set up to continue to fight for the revitalisation of moral sectors in the society.