The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said the fight against corruption is being held back by Nigeria’s slow judicial system and delay tactics employed by defense lawyers.
The Deputy Head of its Ibadan Zonal Office Mr Kazeem Oseni, stated this on Sunday at the 13 Biennial conference of Obafemi Awolowo University Muslim Graduates’ Association (UNIFEMGA), Ibadan Chapter.
His comments were contained in his paper titled “Corruption in Nigeria: An overview and the Effort of the EFCC in Fighting the Scourge’’.
“The EFCC is committed to the anti-corruption war; we have made some progress but the operating environment has not been very encouraging.
“Issues bordering on legal technicalities, lack of cooperation from States and local governments and public attitude towards corruption keep undermining our efforts to tame the menace,” he said.
Oseni said that the commission was responding to the challenges by enhancing the capacities of its operators and exposing them to the requisite skills required for efficiency.
“We want to ensure that every investigation is properly carried out; we want to make sure that there are no escape routes for those found to be evidently corrupt,” he said.
The official called for massive support for the commission, pointing out that the EFCC could only work with information offered by members of the public.
“We all have roles to play, either as individuals or corporate entities. It is when we change our attitude and support the fight that it can succeed,” he said.
Also Speaking, Prof. Abdul-Afis Oladosu, a lecturer at the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Ibadan, suggested that only spiritual and morally sound persons be trusted with positions of authority.
“If we are to succeed in the fight against corruption, positions of authority should be restricted to people of sound moral standing. Unless we do that, it will be difficult to uproot corruption from its roots,” he said.
Oladosu’s views were also contained in a paper titled: “Combating Corruption: Role of Religious Leaders’’.
The lecturer said that appointing people of questionable character was a risky venture and threat to the nation’s socio-economic and political growth