The Poor Can Hardly Breathe’ — Professor Tells Tinubu - LagosTrend

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Thursday, November 9, 2023

The Poor Can Hardly Breathe’ — Professor Tells Tinubu


A professor in the department of law at Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun State, has claimed that the problem of corruption in Nigeria has not improved under the President Bola Tinubu administration, but has in fact gotten worse.

Professor Ifeolu Koni made the remarks in his inaugural lecture series titled, “The Hypocrisy of International Cooperation on the War against Corruption and Abuse of Office in Africa: A Case Study of Nigeria” delivered on Thursday

Koni said that the poor in Nigeria are suffering the most from the government’s corruption, as they are forced to pay for the sins of corrupt leaders.

“The situation has got so bad now that the poor can hardly breathe as they are being forced to pay for the sins of the invisible…,” said the varsity don who also criticized the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) for not doing enough to hold countries accountable for their failure to repatriate stolen assets.

Koni called for the UNCAC to be amended to include new provisions on sanctions for countries that fail to meet their obligations under the convention.

According to the professor, the African Union needs to adopt measures to hold its member states accountable for their anti-corruption commitments.

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