Nigeria: Why Corruption Thrives in Africa – Patrick Lumumba

Daily Trust Abuja Ismail Mudashir
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Kenyan anti corruption crusader, Prof. Patrick Lumumba yesterday said corruption thrives in Nigeria and other African countries because « an environment that ensure that our men and women who engage in graft occupy positions of power and influence ».

Delivering a keynote address at the National conference on the role of the Legislature in the Fight against Corruption, Lumumba said corruption thrives in the continent because Africa was in the business of canonizing thieves and celebrating the wrong people while they vilify good men and women.

« I can’t agree more that there is a place for legislation in Africa but those who have observed Africa have also said that the problem of the fight against corruption in Africa is not the shortage of legislation. In fact Africa has forests of legislation which begs the question what is the problem, » he said.

He said Africans have created an environment which allows for sieving and thievery to blossom and thrive. He said that it was not about legislation but the celebration of ill gotten wealth.

Also speaking at the event, President Muhammadu Buhari reiterated the commitment of his administration to the fight against corruption, saying his administration will continue to confine itself within the laws.

Represented by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Buhari said the country requires a coalition of reasonable men and women whose commitment will serve as a springboard for government to leverage upon and achieve success to win the corruption fight.

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