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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Africa Remains Poor Because of Nigeria - Ex-Kenya Anti-corruption Chief Says

A Kenyan anti-corruption advocate has linked the underdevelopment of Africa with the poor state of Nigeria due to the giant status of the country.

A leading anti-corruption campaigner, Patrick Lumumba has advocated for a strong and collective fight against the menace of political corruption in Nigeria, according to Premium Times.

According to the former Director of Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission African continent has lagged behind in most facets of human development because its largest country, Nigeria, has remained in poverty due to fraudulent activities in public service.

He made the statement at the two-day anti-corruption summit which began this Tuesday at the Nigerian Air Force Conference Centre in Abuja as organized by National Assembly under the leadership of Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara.

He clamoured that the repositioning of Nigeria would refocus Africa on the path towards prosperity.

“Africa is behind because Nigeria has not realized her potential. It’s time the leaders rise up because one in every five Africans is a Nigerian,” he said.

Mr. Lumumba, during the keynote speech, said it is time for Nigeria, and Africa as a whole, to abandon the culture of “punishing small thieves and electing big ones.”

Mr. Lumumba, a professor of law, said Nigeria is a microcosm of Africa and, as such, cannot afford to keep getting it wrong.

“Behavioural change culture must be instilled in Nigeria,” Mr. Lumumba said.

He said Nigeria must put in place stringent mechanism that would effectively caution against corruption.The three arms of government must strengthen and not undermine the institutions that are meant to fight corruption so that Nigeria can realise its potential, Mr. Lumumba said.

“People must be made to know that if you reap where you have not sown there are consequences. Men only change their behaviours when there is a threat pain.”

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