POINTING FINGERS IS THE BEGINNING OF CORRUPTION

If you look at great human civilizations, from the Roman Empire to the Soviet Union, you will see that most do not fail simply due to external threats but because of internal weakness, corruption, or a failure to manifest the values and ideals they espouse.

Cory Booker

Fighting corruption is not just a task to be left for a government institution. We must do that ourselves, also, in our daily interactions.

Someone says,

It Is Sad That EFCC Is One Of The Most Corrupt Institutions In Nigeria.

I wouldn’t want to get embroiled in the controversy of which institution is the most corrupt. It would be like the International Corruption Index ranking of countries which is supposed to measure the level of corruption. This is not empirically measurable.

EFCC is only a reflection of the system that created it! The EFCC can not be given the accolade of “most corrupt”. Those who massively looted and rundown our national economy have gotten so much money to buy themselves ‘justice’ in the courts.

We need a National tsunami to change things in this country.

A hungry man is a very corruptible man. Most Nigerians are poor. An individual is poor no matter how much affluence he personally has if he lives in a country where most are glorified scavengers.

For prosecutory / law enforcement agencies like the EFCC and the police, we need men of integrity. Men with passion to make a change. Men that wouldn’t compromise no matter how they are tempted.

I don’t suppose we have many such men in abundance in Nigeria.

No Science Is Immune To The Infection Of Politics And The Corruption Of Power. –Jacob Bronowski

No MAN is immune to the infection of politics and the corruption of power.

If you think this is an exaggeration, just recollect so many people who appeared to have honor who derailed. once they had the whiff of money in their kitchen.

Now, where is that policeman or EFCC official who wouldn’t compromise if enough cash is dangled in front of his nose? The truth of the matter is that most Nigerians would bend over backwards and call black -white- with enough worms on a hook close to their rapacious fingers.

Judges take bribe to deliver ‘justice’ to the highest bidder, Customs Officers take bribes to look the other way, NDLEA / SON officers take regular bribe, and are in league (sometimes on the payroll) with lawbreakers.

It is bad.

We can speak all the English, pont all the fingers, but if we don’t change our ways INDIVIDUALLY, we would continue on this same disastrous trajectory of national putrefaction.

Power is an intoxicant. Most people complaining about corruption would do worse if they are in position, with the power to apportion national wealth as they deem fit. This is even more so when there is a culture of impunity.

No;The problem is not the EFCC or any particular institution. The problem is that man in the mirror – YOU. ME.

If individuals are corrupt, institutions would be corrupt. If followers are corrupt, the emergent leaders would be.

What do you do when no one is watching? What would you do when you know there is no punishment attached to official misconduct? Do you do the correct thing, always, when NO ONE but yourself is your own judge?

When everyone sweeps the front of his compound, the whole village would be clean. Let us not expect a saintly EFCC, NASS, whatever, when we ourselves individually have numerous cobwebs in our wardrobes!

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