Pastor Tunde Bakare, has said that the stench of corruption has remained ‘fantastically’ horrible, despite the anti-corruption campaign of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He noted that even after 17 years of civil governance, that the stench of corruption has continued to pollute the national atmosphere and to attract the derision of the international community.
The Presiding Pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly stated this, during the launch of the Onyekachi Ubani Foundation of Mr Monday Onyekachi Ubani, second vice president of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Lagos.
Pastor Bakare posited in his remarks at the event, that “At the twilight of the military era in Nigeria’s political trajectory, the name ‘Nigeria’ became synonymous with a certain word, a word that elicits the image of a cesspool running over corruption.”
He spoke on the theme, “The System that allows massive corruption in Nigeria must be a bad system”.
According to Bakare, “At that time, precisely in 1999, Transparency International rated Nigeria the second most corrupt country in the world in terms of perception, second only to her eastern neighbour, Cameroon.
“For instance, given the unbridled looting of the treasury at the time, reportedly to the tune of over $1 billion as was subsequently uncovered following the exit of the military, it was obvious that the abnormal had become the norm, the illegal had become legal, the outrageous had become banal and the aberrant had become the gold standard.
“Despite the emergence of a new government on the heels of a strong anti-corruption campaign, despite the credence lent to this anti-corruption promise by the antecedents of President Muhammadu Buhari, and despite global
acknowledgment that Nigeria has taken shovel loads off the peak of this mountain of filth, the stench of corruption remains “fantastically” horrible…”
Earlier, Ubani had appealed to wealthy Nigerians to support the less privileged in the society, adding that the society will continue to breed miscreants if the wealthy do not render necessary assistance to the poor and less privileged in the society.
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