ICPC Chairman Faults Impression That All Nigerians Are Corrupt
Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Related Offences Commission (ICPC) Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, has faulted the stereotype perception of all Nigerians as very corrupt.
According to him, not all Nigerians are corrupt. He based his conclusion on his experience at the ICPC and as a former member of the presidential advisory committee against corruption.
The ICPC chairman stated this at the behavourial change conference and exhibition 2023, organized by the Mac Arthur foundation, Akin Fadeyi and the United Nations (UN) office on drugs and crimes in Abuja.
Owasanoye explained that from his experience as an anti-corruption agency head, most of the head of government agencies fell prey to corruption due to blackmail or lack of understanding of the rules guiding the departments and agencies they are heading
In most cases, the ICPC chairman said those who misled them into official corruption would often wrote anonymous petitions to anti-graft agencies.
Also, Miss Lilian Ekeanyanwu who represented the Country Director, UNODC, Mr Oliver Stolpe, said, “The fight against corruption is not complete without addressing issues of transparency, integrity, and accountability. At the core of these values is behavioural change or the attitudes of citizens and their government. As we already know, combating and preventing corruption requires a holistic framework and multi-sectoral approach.”