Human Right lawyer, Femi Falana SAN, has asserted that Nigeria is not ready for the fight against corruption.
Falana, who pointed out that only Kano in the whole of the federation has an anti-corruption agency, added that no other state has shown commitment to the fight against corruption.
The senior laywer made this revelation known, while being interviews on Arise Television on Thursday.
The Senior advocate of Nigeria stated that the fight against corruption should have the involvement of all the states in the federation.
“In line with section 15, subsection 5 of the constitution, the provision says the Nigerian state shall abolish corrupt practices and abuse of office,” he said.
“That does not mean the federal government. The Nigerian state, including the federal government, state government and local government. But apart from the federal government, no state in Nigeria is fighting corruption.
“That’s why some of the state governments are saying they cannot pay minimum wage because they are not blocking the leakages going on. Kano state is the only state, this may interest you, has an anti-corruption commission. No other state in Nigeria.
“In fact, access to information is denied by all state governments in Nigeria apart from Ekiti state. Only Ekiti state government, under Fayemi, has adopted the freedom of information act.
“So, it’s difficult in any state to ask for information with respect to public affairs. So, you can’t just single out the federal government fighting corruption in a country where majority of state governments are not bothered.
“So, it will not be fair to limit the fight against corruption to the federal government. As a country, Nigeria has not decided to fight corruption.”
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