A former chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and a former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Mustapha Akanbi, has said corruption in the country can only be fought if there is political will by those in authority.
According to Akanbi, “corruption has permeated every facet of our lives. We hear the various scams. You cannot fight corruption unless there is political will by those in authority. If they have political will to fight corruption, then we would have gone half way in trying to solve the problem of governance. But if corruption is entrenched and we take steps that give the impression that we have no regard for the eradication of corruption, then we are in trouble.”
Justice Akanbi made this known while speaking with newsmen in Ilorin, Kwara State, on Monday, during the annual Mohammed Mustapha Akanbi public lecture, organised by the Faculty of Law, University of Ilorin (UNIILORIN). He said in the fullness of time corrupt persons would suffer perdition in Nigeria.