Mr Femi Falana (SAN), a human rights activist, has called for the creation of a special anti-corruption court to aid speedy dispensation of justice in economic and financial cases in the country.

Falana made call on Thursday at a Round discussion on “Winning the War Against Corruption” organised by the Department of Jurisprudence and International Law, University of Lagos. He said that the anti-corruption battle could not be won through the regular courts.

Also speaking, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN) stressed that the war against corruption in the country should be a collective struggle of all Nigerians. He said: “We must be part of the consensus that corruption must be stamped out for the rest of us to enjoy a modicum of social welfare.’’ Sagay urged Nigerians to support government in insisting that justice be visited on the people found to be corrupt and the proceeds of their crime be recovered.

Dr Oby Ezekwesili, former Minister of Education, also called for a political will and preventive measures that would reduce corruption through structural change in government’s policy. She stressed that for a successful fight against corruption there should be an effective punishment for bad behaviour to deter others and a reward system as an incentive for notable behaviour.

In his contribution, respected scholar, Femi Aribisala, called for sincerity from the Muhammadu Buhari-led government.

“The 2015 election was not an anti-corruption election. We did not have any political party that presented an anti-corruption mandate to us. The party that won the election was just a makeover of the PDP, I mean the PDP people moved from the PDP to the APC. If they were corrupt when they were in PDP, they became clean when they were in APC.

“So there is no mandate against corruption. If President Buhari was determined to fight against corruption, my feeling is that he gave up after losing election three times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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