Wednesday, September 18, 2013

President Jonathan Knows Corrupt People but won't Expose Them

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I know individuals, groups involved in corruption but I will not expose them –President Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday disclosed to a section of Nigerians that he personally knows some persons involved in corruption, but would not reveal their identity
and would prefer to remain silent over it.

“When you talk about corruption, the private sector is involved; the public sector is involved; even the individuals including other societies,
and I wouldn’t want to mention names so that I will not be attacked,” he said.

The statement has however drew criticism from different individuals at the gathering.

A member of the audience, when asked to respond to the comment, told DailyPost that, “This is what we are saying. Why can’t Mr. President indict the people. What or who is he
scared of,” the financial expert asked

Mr. Jonathan had at the gathering lamented that in spite of the institutional reforms aimed at fighting corrupt practices, Nigerians, through their actions, still reward corruption.

He spoke on Tuesday in Abuja while declaring open the 54th annual conference of the Nigerian Economic Society (NES) with the theme, “Institutions, Institutional Reforms and Economic Development”.

The President stated that, if Nigerians do not reward corrupt practices, those who enriched themselves through dubious means would not be celebrated today, adding that the fight against corruption is not what the government alone can handle.

He accused both public and private institutions of being involved in sharp practices.

“We believe that we should not create an environment where people would be tempted to take what belongs to the public because that is why even in the fertiliser business, we talk about electronic wallet so that funds are not exposed to corrupt people,” he said.

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