A renowned historian and Professor of African Studies, Toyin Falola, has said corruption among the political class and their followers is propelling the nation towards destruction.
Falola, who lectures at the University of Texas, Austin in the United States of America said this at the Oba Sikiru Adetona Professorial Chair’s second distinguished governance lecture at Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye in Ogun State.
He said corruption which had been the bane of the nation’s development would continue to hinder it except an efficient management system was put in place.
Falola said, “While the political leaders continue to loot the treasury of the nation, the common citizens are also cashing out on the weak management system of the government, and both reckless dispositions continue to propel the nation towards destruction.
“To this end, effective management policies should be established to eradicate all manner of corruption among the political leaders and the people, with proper prosecution enforced to sanction offenders, minor issues as late coming to work or negligence of duties will be curbed.”
He also urged the government to address the deteriorating security situation in the country, saying people would lose hope in any government that could not guarantee their safety.
He said, “A vital way a government can establish its credibility is to ensure a maximum level of security. Curbing political violence, interreligious and ethnic uprising, robbery, kidnap and terrorism are among the security issues that threaten the peace of the people and stability of the society. Similarly, the porous borders and increasing rate of (cyber) crime among the youths are security issues that are of national and international concern.
“Training of security officials should be effective to attend to security threats and there should be provision of sophisticated and modern security weapons. There is the need for identification, de-federalising the police force, encouraging community policing, implementing adequate measures to secure the borders are among the steps to be taken to ensure the safety of the life and properties of the people.”
He noted that many had lost hope in the judiciary since it had been politicised, arguing that it was the reason some people had decided to take the laws into their own hands.