A former World Bank scribe, Prof. Ladipo Adamolekun, has urged the President-elect, Gen. Muhammad Buhari, to remain resolute in his resolve to fight corruption with the machinery of the state in a bid to bring about desired change to the country.
Prof. Adamolekun made the declaration yesterday during the Silver Knights’ 2015 edition of May Day Lecture held at the International Conference Centre, Lead City University, Ibadan.
A renowned bank noted that the nation had, for long, groped in darkness described by him as vicious cycle, he said the only way to bail the country out of the dilemma was by tackling corruption.
While referring to a situation in which a former governor convicted for corruption was pardoned and given a national award, Adamolekun said, “A president who says no stealing in my government will not pardon a convicted thief and award him a national honour.
“First evidence from countries that have successfully reduced corruption support the assertion that just as the fish rots from the head, corruption at the head of a national government will permeate the entire government as we have witnessed in the country.
“However, in order to turn Nigeria into an environment that will remain permanently hostile to leaders with high degree of corruptibility, the president-elect must prosecute a genuine war on corruption during the next four years”.
Prof. Adamolekun who noted that the president-elect appeared ready to undertake the task of fighting corruption, he stated, “The expectation is that the strategy (to fight corruption) will spell out the objectives of the anti-corruption war, the methods of prosecuting it and benchmark for monitoring and evaluating results.
While delivering lecture titled, “Leadership, institutions and development: Disjunction in the Nigerian experience and way forward”, Adamolekun stressed the need for purposeful and committed leadership in fostering change in an economy.

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