Nigerians Encourage Corruption – President Goodluck Jonathan Laments


President Goodluck Jonathan  has lamented  that in spite of institutional reforms aimed at fighting corrupt practices, Nigerians, through their actions encourage graft.

He also said both the  public and private sectors were involved in corruption but stated that he would not give out their names “so that I won’t be attacked.”

The President spoke while declaring open the 54th annual conference of the Nigerian Economic Society in Abuja on Tuesday according the PUNCH.

The conference, which has as its theme, “Institutions, institutional reforms and economic development,” is the single largest gathering of economists in the country.

Jonathan argued that if Nigerians did not “reward corrupt practices” through their actions,  those  involved in them would have no need to continue.

He said, “I want a society where all of us will frown upon people who come up with what they are not supposed to have.

“(If) a young man who just started a job and within six months or a year comes up with a car of N7m to N15m and you clap for him, then you are rewarding corruption.

“So for us as a nation to bring corruption down, it is not just blaming government or blaming the police. but all individuals must frown upon people who have what they are not supposed to have; who live in houses they are not supposed  to live in; who drive   cars they are not supposed to drive and who wear expensive suits  they are not supposed to wear.

“And until  Nigerians are able to do this, I don’t think we will get to where we want to go.”

Advising that the war  against corruption  should not be left to the government alone, Jonathan said both public and private institutions were  also involved in sharp practice.

He advised that the country should stop creating an environment where people would be tempted to take what belonged to the public.

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