Former secretary General of the commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, on Thursday took a swipe on Nigeria, describing the country as a nation where corruption has swallowed the collective values of its citizens.
Also, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, said the creation of additional states, the oil boom and sharing of federation account are some of the reasons why Nigeria is collapsing.
The duo spoke on Thursday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, during the 2012 annual Faculty conference of the Faculty of Arts.
The theme of the conference was: “The Humanities and good governance”.
Anyaoku was the chairman of the occasion while Soludo was the guest speaker with his topic: “Nigeria: towards the creation of incentives and structures for good governance.”
Also at the ceremony was the representative of the Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, in the person of Prof. Stella Okunna and the National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, Chief Victor Umeh, among others.
Anyaoku said, “At the moment, the entire nation is treated to the mind-boggling and sickening details that are coming out from the fuel subsidy probe and the police pension scam.”
“Misappropriation of public funds used to be described in millions, now it is reported in billions and even trillions”.
“Corruption has so seriously eaten deep into the fabric of our society that it has virtually swallowed up our collective values. There is hardly any sector of our national life that has been spared this affliction, including even the family that was until recently, the last line of defence and hope.”
“We read in newspapers that some parents acquiesce in, and often support examination malpractices by their children or wards; and this is not to talk about many of our communities that approbate and festoon very rich individuals, including public servants, with dubious sources of enrichment, “ the former Commonwealth scribe added.
Culled: The Nation