Jonathan’s Wife Storms Book Launch On Anti-Corruption, Na’Abba Blames Government For Corrupt Practices

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By Nuel Suji – The immediate past first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan on Monday stormed the venue of the launching of a book on anti-corruption in style even as participants at the event greeted her presence with thunderous ovation.

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This is even as the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Monday adjourned to May 22, a suit seeking final forfeiture to the Federal Government, of the sum of $5.8 million belonging to former first lady.

At the book launch in Abuja, Monday, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Umar Ghali Na’abba blamed the widespread corruption in the country on the failure of leadership in Nigeria.

Na’abba who was the chairman at the book launch on anti-corruption authored by Kogi West Senator, Dino Melaye, said corruption, whether financial or in any other form, is a deviance act, saying the government is therefore responsible for it.

“As far as am concerned, corruption is not only financial. Corruption simply means deviance. Therefore, whatever we do and wherever we do it, we must understand that corruption is simply a failure of leadership whether it is financial or non-financial.”

‎The book titled: Antidotes for corruption- the Nigerian story, is about 800 pages, dug into the depth of history to expose the machinations of corruption through the ages.

Senator Melaye said the harmful effects of corruption which must be tackled, inspired him to write the book.

According to him, he believes that corruption has not only become a major cog in the wheel of sustainable growth and development but raises the cost of governance thereby depriving Nigerian masses their rights to good life.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara urged Nigerians to be more responsive and cooperate with the government in the fight against corruption.

According to him, fighting corruption should be a moral responsibility to all of us as citizens of the world, “and that is why I am happy with this work that Dino has done,” Dogara stated.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki who was the chief guest of honour at the book presentation, said the 8th National Assembly is committed to passing the laws that promote good governance.

“We must fight corruption with sincerity, and not base it on individuals but by strengthening our various institutions,” Saraki said.

“We as legislators both in the House and the Senate, must determine to support the Buhari led government in fighting this disease called corruption. This we can do through our actions and the decisions we take in the course of our duties in the chambers.”

The book presentation ceremony was attended by Eminent Nigerians in the public and private sectors, including a representative of a former Ghana’s President, Mr. Jerry Rawlings.

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