by Damilola Jagun
Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has said that corruption goes beyond the act or stealing or pilfering from the nation’s coffers.
Fashola stated that corruption cannot be curbed in Nigeria by making it a capital offence, despite being a serious crime.
The governor said this at the weekend, during an interactive session with the Lagos State Governor’s Office Correspondents, LAGOCO.
Fashola said: “As for corruption I have my own views that I have expressed consistently about corruption and I have always said corruption is the symptom of a more serious problem.”
“There are so many levels of corruption and I think the Nigerian people or nation must reach an agreement about what we want to do about corruption. When we say we must stop corruption, who is ready to lead by example? Corruption is not only taking money and I disagree that stealing is not corruption.”
“If you are driving against traffic, though it is an infraction against the traffic law to get to where you do not deserve, it is corruption. If you go to the commissioner to get a promotion for your sister before promotion examination in the ministry, is that fair? These are cases of corruption. Can you sentence somebody to death for that?”
“So I don’t think sentencing people to jail or death is the answer to the problem of corruption. The answer first is to provide enough for people and to lead them with a moral authority that is everybody knows that it is bad to cheat and when they break the rules that there will be consequences.”