Prosecuting counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Wahab Shittu has called for stiffer laws that would help curb corruption saying people continue to commit crimes because there are no consequences.
According to him, those looting the country’s resources should be seen as enemies of today and the future.
Wahab who was a keynote speaker at the 2019 scroll Report conference themed: Fighting Corruption and Insecurity: The way forward, noted that insecurity and corruption are twin evils and should be seen as such.
The EFCC counsel added that corruption and insecurity threatens our survival as a nation and as such we must take them seriously.
He reiterated that with the rankings of Nigeria in the Global Transparency Index, GTI, 2017 as having the highest impact of terrorism in the world and Boko Haram ranked as the 2nd most savage terrorist group in the world, there is every reason to take tackling these issues seriously, “if we’re concerned about our democracy, living standard and livelihood as a people.
“We should go beyond talking to affirmative action. There should be adherence to best practices and the insurgency of Boko Haram should be seen as evil”.
He however called for the re-enactment of core values in families and coming up with measures that can curb corruption and insecurity in the country.
Also speaking at the conference, the former Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Fatai Owoseni, and Special Adviser on Security Matters to the Oyo State governor says citizens should begin to call elected officials to question.
Owoseni added that we must also stop the colouration of crime. “We must solve our problems ourselves by asking questions. We can individually make a change”, he said.
He however called on the media to help change the wrong perception of the country which is sometimes exaggerated. “We drive away development by our wrong perception of thing”.