At the burial ceremony of former National Security Adviser (NSA), General Owoeye Andrew Azazi, at the Ijaw National Heroes Park, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, president Goodluck Jonathan debunked the assertion that most of the country’s problems are caused by corruption choosing rather to blame Nigerians wrong disposition and therefore called for an attitudinal change for the country to make progress.
Earlier, Bishop of Bomadi Vicariate, Bishop Hyacinth Egbebo, who delivered the homily, blamed most of the air mishaps in the country on corruption. He was quoted to have said: “Corruption is the only reason we would continue to have air mishaps. If the aircraft are certified to be airworthy, how come they keep falling over?”
But Mr. Jonathan would have none of it as he refuted the clergyman’s claim.
“If Nigerians would change their attitude, you will realise that most of these issues being attributed to corruption are not caused by corruption” he started. “Recently, I met with officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps who told me that majority of the road accidents are recorded on good roads. So you can see it is not a matter of corruption, it is an issue of the people’s attitude,” the president said.
In his tribute to Mr. Azazi, the president, who was accompanied by his wife, Patience, described the late general as a “detribalised Nigerian, who believed in merit and competence” and urged Nigerians to emulate the late NSA.
“If 50 per cent of Nigerians would behave like late Azazi, believe me, this country will change for the better. I had no regret when I appointed him national security adviser, he was a good Nigerian, he lived a life of service to his fatherland. As we mourn Azazi, let us learn from his lifetime achievements to do what is right for the general good of our nation. Let us begin to pattern our lives in emulation of late Azazi’s life of devotion and dedication to national service,” the president said.