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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.

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