Monday, 1 October 2018

''Increase in corruption is a fault of the people and not only government'' - Femi Adesina

''Increase in corruption is a fault of the people and not only government'' - Femi Adesina

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has blamed reports by Transparency International's report that debasement has expanded in Nigeria.

In a meeting with Channels TV, Adesina said increment in debasement record needs to do with Nigerians being engaged with the propagation of the demonstration and not simply in government circle.

The presidential representative noticed that Nigeria's tumble from 136 to 148 on Corruption Perception Index (CPI) for 2017, two years after the Federal Governmentbegan its enemy of debasement war, is fundamentally a result of the association of Nigerians in demonstrations of defilement. He contended that the expansion in debasement file is definitely not a poor reflection on the administration.

He said: “We have spoken many times about that ranking and my position is that that ranking is not strictly about government, it is about Nigeria and her people. Some people want to make it seem as if it is a vote of no confidence in government or it is a lower mark for the government. I don’t agree. I think it is a lower mark for the people because the people constitute the country. And if things do not seem to have worked as they should work, the people also have part of the blame.”

Adesina said Nigeria does not require Transparency International to confirm the administration's war agains debasement.

“As much as I respect Transparency International, I don’t think we necessarily need them to authenticate what is going on in the country; because we, Nigerians, know that there is a war against corruption ongoing and that war is succeeding. There are strides being taken. It may not be there yet, and we are not there, but we are on the way there. So, let no agency from any part of the world come to think that whatever it says is the gospel to us.” He added.

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