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All Nigerians Are Corrupt – Ajimobi

Posted: Aug 4, 2016 at 6:32 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Rotimi Akinwumi


Abuja – Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, on Wednesday, described all Nigerians as corrupt.

According to him, corruption goes beyond stealing or embezzlement of public funds and includes attitudinal indiscipline.

He said corruption embraced the inability of people to restraint themselves from taking what does not belong to them which, he said, every Nigerian, one way or another, was guilty of.

He made the comment when he was accosted by journalists at the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abuja, where he responded to questions on the last visit of the Governors’ Forum to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.

Hear him: “We are looking at corruption in a global concept as against just taking money and, if you look at it generally, you will see that virtually Nigeria is very corrupt, virtually everybody, one way or the other, is corrupt either attitudinally, financially or socially and this, we believe, should be looked into.

“You see, we believe corruption is more than just taking money; I think it is attitudinal. It is anytime you do anything you are not supposed to do, that is corruption.

“And sometimes you can even enlarge it to mean, basically, indiscipline; inability to control yourself, to discipline yourself against the selfish tendencies of wanting to take what does not belong to you.

“Even not doing your job is corruption, for taking salaries monthly and not coming to work, and coming to work and being idle is corruption.” .

Ajimobi noted that the current economic crunch in Nigeria is not peculiar to the nation alone, but was a global issue and, thus, urged Nigerians not to panic.

“I think all over the world, there have been what you call technical recession,” he added.

This situation, he said, had affected government’s ability to meet her obligations like payment of salaries, contractual agreements, projects execution, among other issues.

The situation, he said, affected his state where, he said, his monthly commitments to governance outweigh the resources that had been coming into the purse of the state.

“Oyo State has an average of about N5.2billion monthly wage bill and I think our total income from the Federal Government Allocation is about N2.2billion from the Federal Government and there is no way we could meet our monthly wage bill.”

He said despite the harsh economic situation, the Federal Government, Oyo State government and, indeed, the government of APC, had agreed not to retrench any worker but would restructure to redirect the staff strength to be more effective.

He said: “In other climes, you should adjust your income and adjust your labour force, if you can’t pay everybody; then you should reduce them or you should reduce salaries, but because we are a government that believes in generating and creating employment we refused to do the most appropriate thing to do, so we now decided, instead of retrenching, to restructure.