By Nick Chibunna
Amidst monumental corruption allegations rocking the Buhari-led Federal Government in recent time, a lecturer in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration in the Imo State University (IMSU), Owerri, Dr. Sampson Ekwonna has warned that unless urgent and drastic approach is adopted in the fight against the scourge, the anti-graft war might become a huge joke.
Dr. Ekwonna who was reacting to series of corruption allegations against some top government functionaries and legislators in the present political dispensation lamented that the administration is fast losing the war due to greed among certain elements in the system.
He called for a stiffer penalty against offenders to serve as a deterrent to others, especially people like Maina Rasheed.
According to him, for Abdul Rasheed Maina, former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT) who was declared wanted by both Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and INTERPOL over alleged pension fraud of $2billlion, to be mysteriously reinstated and promoted in the Federal civil service was the highest act of corruption and a black sport in the anti-corruption war.
The university don said that Nigerians have now come to realize that the anti-corruption jingle was designed to hoodwink unsuspecting Nigerians, making them Oduis to the immediate past Federal Government of Dr. Goodluck E. Jonathan, adding that no wonder the corruption war seemed dead at inception.
On the allegations by the chairman, presidential Action Committee on Anti-Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay that federal legislators were bleeding the national treasury in the name of salaries and allowances, Dr. Ekwonna said that the worst thing that had happened to democracy in the present dispensation is the crop of men and women that were elected into the legislature.
On how to remedy the situation, the political scientist said that the only option is for all Nigerians, irrespective of party affiliation, to embark on an in-depth search for credible Nigerians to take over the mantle of leadership in the country in 2019.
By Nick Chibunna