…As Obi Flays FG's Style of Fighting Corruption
By Jude Atupulazi
A former President of Tanzania, Benjamin Mkapa, on Friday said that corruption in Nigeria was over hyped.
He said Nigeria was not as corrupt as being projected by the western media and other foreign anti-corruption bodies.
Mkapa stated this in a keynote address he delivered during the 7th Zik annual lecture at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, titled, “'Taming The Monster Of Corruption In Africa”.
While commending Nigeria's efforts in fighting corruption, the ex-President of Tanzania maintained that most western countries were more corrupt than African countries.
Mkapa who went down memory lane on how he fought corruption in his country when he was president, noted that corruption was caused by greed and inordinate ambition.
According to him, the fight against corruption must start from the federal government because it had all the capacity to do.”
The Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Peter Obi, who corroborated the ex-Tanzanian President, stated that the trouble with Nigeria was that corruption was being fought as an economic policy instead of as cankerworm.
He said, 'Corruption kills professionalism, entrepreneur and hard work.'
The lecture was chaired by the senate president, Olusola Saraki, who expressed happiness at the honour given him to chair the event and described the late Nnamdi Azikiwe as a national hero.
Speaking to newsmen after the event, the Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, UNIZIK, Prof Stella Okunna, expressed satisfaction with the turn out, noting that it exceeded what she expected.
Earlier the Vice Chancellor of UNIZIK, Prof Ahaneku, eulogized the qualities of Azikiwe, noting that the institution had striven to maintain the legacies he left behind through the Annual Lectures.