By Ameh Ejekwonyilo
The Presidency has said the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government could not have stamped out the endemic corruption in the country within three years of its life span.
At an anti-corruption programme in Abuja on Thursday, the Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Prosecution, Chief Okoi-Obono Obla, accused Nigerians of being skeptical about the government’s sincere anti-graft campaigns.
Obla submitted tha his principal, “President Buhari has demonstrated the political will to tackle corruption.”
He dismissed the assertion that the government’s anti-corruption drive is one-sided.
Obla highlighted some top members of the All Progressives Congress who are standing trial over allegations of corruption.
“This government says it wants to fight corruption and the government is not mincing words. At least, the government has manifested the will to fight corruption.
“Some people expect this government to within three years eradicate corruption. It is not possible, because corruption is a human instinct.
“What is the support from the Nigerian society? The support is nil. All you see are doubts and skepticism that the fight against misappropriation of public resources is one-sided. That is not true,” Obla noted.
He urged lawyers to join the government’s efforts in tackling corruption.
At the official launch of Lawyers Network Against Corruption (LAWNAC), the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Abuja Chapter, Mr. Ezenwa Anumnu, said that legal practitioners were strategically positioned to champion the war against graft.
He disclosed that lawyers in Abuja had taken a stand to fight corruption to a standstill.
In his presentation, co-convener of the event, Mr, Jaiye Gaskia, admonished lawyers to own the anti-graft war.