Nigerians encourage graft, says Jonathan
18 September 2013, 20:30
Cape Town – Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has decried
levels of corruption in his country, saying Nigerians, through their malpractices
encouraged graft, a report said on Wednesday.
Speaking during the opening ceremony of the 54th annual
conference of the Nigerian Economic Society in Abuja, Jonathan said both
the public and private sectors were
involved in corruption but said he would not give out their names "so that I won't be attacked", Punch reported.
Jonathan said he envisaged a society where all Nigerians,
and not only government, would fight for a graft-free nation, adding "... until
Nigerians are able to do this, I don’t think we will get to where we want to go".
Nigeria has over the years, put in place institutional reforms aimed at
fighting corrupt practices but the country remains among the most corrupt
nations in the region.