The much acclaimed anti-corruption fight by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has been described as “mere window dressing” aimed at hoodwinking the people and the international community that he is performing in office.
Making this submission on Tuesday at the 2018 Bar Week, currently going on in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, with the theme; ‘The Ideology of Restructuring in Nigeria: Legal, Political and Socio-Economic Imperative’, human rights activists and senior lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), surmised that Nigeria would be in trouble if it was not restructured, adding that “Nigeria will restructure us”. In his paper entitled; ‘The Bar, Bench, Investigating Agencies and Anti-Corruption Campaign in Nigeria’, Ozekhome who critically examined the anti-corruption war under Buhari, concluded that the campaign was a ruse.
He, however, attributed the genesis of corruption to military incursion into the Nigeria’s political space, lamenting that the malaise has become hydra-headed and well entrenched to the extent that successive governments lack the courage to fight to a standstill.
“Corruption is not limited to the payment and receipt of bribes; it takes various forms and is practiced under all forms of government including established democracies”, he noted, adding that the vice permeate every strata of Nigeria’s public and private life.
According to Ozekhome, the Federal Government has continued to paint a picture of anti-corruption war being waged in the country, but pointed out that such action would only amount to nothing when the same system wallow in corruption and other vices.