Nuhu Ribadu, the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC], has said corruption in the federal government and the Nigerian military is the reason the Boko Haram insurgency has not been totally crushed in Nigeria.
He revealed this in Abuja on Thursday at the public presentation of the 47-page first year report of the Corruption Anonymous (CORA), a project by the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL).
“The whistle-blower policy is new and evolving. There are issues and grey areas that need to be addressed to a more robust document”, Daily Trust quoted Nuhu Ribadu as saying.
“The back-end of the public interface platform needs serious tightening to make it fool-proof and ensure that it is not compromised.
“Those who volunteer information need to be sure of their security and confidentiality. Whistle-blowers also need absolute protection from retaliation and redress from undue harassment.
“We need to stop this corruption and use the resources we have maximally to address the problems in our nation; if not, we will continue to be in problems.
“This will continue for years and we will give our children, they will inherit failure; the only way to stop it is if we stop stealing and taking public money.
“Why are the military in other parts of the world succeeding? Why are we not? Why should we allow our own insurgency to linger for 10 years?
“Why is Algeria, Mali stopping it in one year, why not Nigeria? I am telling you it’s all because of corruption.”