December 9 of each year is set aside by the United Nations to raise awareness of the effects of corruption and the fight against corruption.
Nigeria is one of the most corrupt countries in the world, with allegations of corruption exacerbating the country’s problems.
Ever since Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari started his election campaign, one of the president’s main priorities has been the fight against corruption.
The president has promised to eradicate corruption in the country and punish those responsible for corruption. Many people believe that progress has been made in the fight against corruption in the country, but some believe that it is a breakthrough.
Is there a soap box ?
On this special day, the BBC contacted the director general of the Center for Good Governance and Justice (CAJA), Kabiru Sa’idu Dakata, to hear his side of the story where he told us that nothing change in Nigeria on the issue of corruption is on the rise.
He said the biggest challenge or setback in the fight against corruption in Nigeria was “the allegation that the former chairman of the EFCC in the country is also a corrupt cleric”.
Kabiru Dakata said no progress had been made as a result of the setback since the chairman of the EFCC was also accused.
“There has been no progress, only years have been wasted in the air, there is a renewed hope that the fight against corruption can be fought, it was during Buhari’s time that the people said we The land will be repaired by God, and before his arrival it is thought that it will be rebuilt.
“At that time there was hope that the fight against corruption could be tackled but now it is over,” said Mr Kabiru.
International perception of Nigeria on corruption
In 2018 the U.S. News and Reports U.S. News and World Report puts Nigeria at the top of the list of the most corrupt countries in the world.
But in 2020 and we are in the center’s research on population world put Nigeria’s 26 countries and corruption rates in the world.
What is the solution?
On tackling the problems of fighting corruption in Nigeria, Kabiru Dakata offered some suggestions that, if implemented, would make things easier.
The first thing he did was to restore the image of the EFCC in the eyes of the public. He said the reputation of the commission had been tarnished in the eyes of the public which would make criminals such as corruption less likely to be intimidated by the fact that the former chairman was accused of corruption.
He further recommended that the police be suspended from the current leadership of the commission as almost four officers have not been evacuated in the end.
He also said that the main thing that leaders should do if they want to get rid of corruption is justice.
“It’s up to the people to deal with it. Constituency issues and budgets are a community of billions of naira that they feel not only on the radio, they should see it on their own. in their streets and their security situation, ”he said.
He said justice should be done in terms of public spending and job creation so that citizens have access to employment on a merit basis.