This Day (Lagos)

20 November 2012

Nigeria: Jonathan Is Paying Lip Services to Corruption, Says Tsav

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Decisions, decisions.

Former Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Abubarka Tsav, has declared that President Goodluck Jonathan has not demonstrated enough political will to fight corruption in the country contrary to his claim that his administration was confronting the menace.

Tsav claimed that the administration was turning a blind eye to the high level of corruption in the country while corrupt practices were taking a firm hold on all facets of the nation's life.

The anti-corruption crusader, who spoke Monday in Makurdi, was reacting to comments by the President that his administration was winning the war against corruption in the country.

He regretted that the present administration was treating the menace with kid gloves.

He said, "We are yet to see any decisive action by the government to check the rising incidents of corruption in the country; it is obvious that the government lacks the political will to confront the cankerworm.

"Nigerians are suffering in the midst of plenty because corrupt individuals are having a field day while the ordinary men in the streets languish in poverty and want.

He said some people were being treated as sacred cows and untouchables when it comes to corruption in Nigeria. That is why this country is taking one step forward and two steps backward, and that is the more reason why we are not making progress as a nation, he stated.

He further alleged that the administration only recently conferred national honours on some corrupt individuals who according to him had in recent time contributed to the plunging of Nigeria's economy, wondering why any discerning mind would take the government seriously.

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