By Moses Nosike
Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) has blamed the poor social, cultural, political, leadership and economic performance on hierarchy corruption which government has allowed to eat deep into the Nigerian system.
This was said at the 2nd feedback session of the organisation in Lagos that leadership collective permissiveness of minor graft creates an enabling environment for corruption to fester, resulting in a problem far more difficult to solve.
Speaking at the session, Executive Chairman, CACOL, Debo Adeniran said that leadership in Nigeria has not provided enabling environment for citizenship to thrive, especially at the grassroot levels, so Nigerians have to play a role to help the system thrive and better our society.
“Corruption has not allowed our environment and economy to develop, saying further that the system doesn’t think of integrity.
Adeniran said that, if we must develop, politically, economically and otherwise, Nigerians have to arise to ensure that leadership in this country assume its responsibility and Nigeria need to fight for the sanity of the country.
Continuing he said, “decades of unchecked corruption in Nigeria’s public institutions and a history of inept leadership have destroyed public faith in governance and created a sense of fatalism. Citizens are unlikely to be motivated to combat corruption because experience suggests that nothing will change. Civil society and community leaders must develop and promote a national social contract that rewards accountability and enforces social sanctions for unacceptable behaviour”.
Adeniran said further that there is also need to redesign governance processes to make corruption avoidance practical, saying that governance processes are not designed to be citizen-friendly. Government must rethink and redesign routine procedures for providing public services to ensure they are citizen and business friendly.