Now That Lamorde is on Board By MOSES GEORGE


Corruption in Nigeria is endemic, causing devastation, and leaving in its wake, disastrous consequences.The entrenchment of bad governance in Nigeria is basically as a result of endemic corruption. Unfortunately, corruption has become part and parcel of Nigeria’s socio-political history.
The collapse of the country’s first republic was instrumentally as a result of widespread corruption amongst the political class. Major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu, who led Nigeria’s first military coup in 1966, in his broadcast, soon after the coup, said this about the country’s first republic politicians; ‘’Our enemies are the political profiteers, the swindlers, the men in high and low places that seek bribes and demand 10 percent, those that have corrupted our society and put the Nigerian political calendar back by their words and deeds.’’
We are all conscious of the fact that corruption has infiltrated every segment of Nigeria. This hydra-headed monster has, unfortunately, come to be almost accepted as a culture in our society.
Is it not despicable and ridiculous that after several years of its existence in Nigeria, Transparency International (TI), has ranked this country last, three times now, in its annual ranking of the most corrupt nations in the world? The truth is that there are only a few countries that have performed this badly
Corruption has thrived and unfortunately, will continue to thrive in the Nigerian society until it is confronted with all the seriousness and the sincerity it deserves.
Therefore, the appointment of Ibrahim Lamorde as the new boss of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), is a healthy development. This is fundamentally as a result of his antecedents and exploits as the Director of Operations of the Commission.
Against this background, so much is expected from the new EFCC helmsman. His experience at the Commission is indeed, a plus for him. As Director of Operations of the commission, he was , as a matter of fact the second in command and very instrumental to the success recorded by Nuhu Ribadu.
President Jonathan’s campaign promises and frequent outbursts to stamp out corruption must not be mere rhetorics. He owes the nation and perhaps himself, the duty to ensure that Lamorde succeeds. The truth is the success of his administration’s economic policies is tied to the degree of his commitment to the fight against corruption. No economic policy, no matter how sound and well articulated can succeed in a corruption-infested society.

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About newsmailonline
Moses George is a versatile journalist/prolific writer.His career as a journalist dates back to over 10 years. During this period, he has worked for several media organizations across the country. His reports and writings serve as references to credible newspapers, magazines and web sites. His passion for investigative journalism has revealed dark secrets involving high level corruption in both the private and public sectors.He covers high profile events for corporate organizations and individuals. Moses George is the Editor-in Chief of National Mail, a general interest magazine that circulates across Nigeria. He is also the Editor of News Mail, an online publication that features people, events and issues. George can be reached on 234 080 6672 2600 or at nationalmailonline @yahoo.com

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