JUST IN: EFCC Links Corruption To Neglect Of Cultural Values

EFCC Links Corruption To Neglect Of Cultural Values

Links Corruption To Neglect Of Cultural Values


Chairman of the (EFCC), Ola Olukoyede, has attributed the high rate of corruption in Nigeria to the neglect of cultural values by citizens.

He made the assertion yesterday when the executive secretary/chief executive officer of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Otunba Biodun Ajiboye, visited him to discuss inter-agency collaborations towards reorienting on the need to revive their cultural values as a tool to fighting and eradicating corruption in the country.

Ajiboye said the commission was doing its best to curb the menace of corruption and one of the ways to achieve its mandate is through citizens' cultural orientation on the high level of moral decadence and values that are completely broken.

“What does not belong to you, you don't have business with it and if we have moral and value re-orientation of the citizenry, it will help achieve a lot. We need to channel our efforts on crime prevention rather than recording thousands of convictions. There is also a need for us to look at the loopholes and re-orient the people and that is where NICO comes in. We need people like you to support us by getting involved in the against corruption,” Olukoyede said.

“Basic orientation is needed for Nigerians to understand the need to avoid engagements in criminal vices and we will not mind to give your Institute a desk in the Commission to see how we can join forces in re-orienting Nigerians because if we go back to our values and with the potency it has to take away the issue of moral decadence, I can assure you that it will reduce the bulk of my work,” he added.
Earlier, Ajiboye said his visit was to seek the commission's support and cooperation in fulfilling the Institute's mandate as the foremost cultural training institute in the country. He maintained that such will not only assist in tackling financial crimes and fraudulent activities through the cultural and psychological re-wiring of Nigerians to our cultural ideals and ways of life but will equally step up the advocacy to return to Nigeria's cherished cultural values.

While further clamouring for the return of cultural values as solution to corruption, the NICO said the institute is empowered by law to serve as a focus for orientation in cultural matters for Nigerian policy makers and also trains citizens towards integrating Nigeria's at all levels into our everyday activities and therefore the training of senior officers of the Commission by the Institute for improved productivity.

His words, “The institute is of the firm belief that as a crime detection and prevention agency, the EFCC can leverage the advantage of the Nigerian cultural element to tackle corruption and financial crimes in Nigeria. If officers of the Commission can be grounded in Nigerian culture for effective investigations and interrogations, it will enable them to discharge their duty more effectively.

“There is also no denying the fact that cultural appreciation can also reduce the financial crime rate and corruption among Nigerians. You will agree with me that no culture in Nigeria encourages criminal behaviour or greed. However, these values have been replaced with a foreign culture of covetousness which is evidenced in the ever-increasing rate of fraudsters or ‘yahoo yahoo' as they are popularly called as well as other corrupt practices like embezzlement or misappropriation of public funds. All these are forms of stealing and no culture in Nigeria encourages thieves”.

“We are therefore proposing a cultural orientation training for senior officers of the commission in a bid to utilize the cultural knowledge they will gain towards aiding crime investigation and interrogation purposes. You will agree with me that a suspect whose cultural affinity is respected and appreciated will tend to be more helpful during interrogation. NICO can effectively train and equip officers of the commission with such valuable cultural orientation training,” he said.

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