Civil Servants taught Politicians how to be corrupt – Hon. Wakil

A former Minister of State for Power during the Goodluck Jonathan administration, Hon.(Barr.) Mohammed Wakil OON has attributed the high rate of corruption in Nigeria to the activities of civil servants who show the politicians how to steal government money. He was reacting to a panel discussion during the leadership conference and awards organized by the Chartered Institute of Leadership and Governance ( CILG) in Abuja.

Hon. Wakil who was also a former majority leader in the Federal House of Representatives said he was speaking from his position as someone who had been in government for several years. The theme for the conference is “Leadership and Institutional Reforms, Strategy for Sustainable National Development.”

Most of the panelist and participants had blamed the politicians for the failure of the Nigerian state, the high rate of corruption and poverty.

The failure of leadership and governance in Nigeria was also attributed to the short-sightedness of our leaders and even the followers. This was the submission of Prof. Siyan Peter, Dean of the department of Economics, University of Abuja while delivering the CILG conference lecture. Prof. Peters who is also the Board of Trustees chairman of CILG noted that what we have in Nigeria is the case of the blind leading the blind. He explained that those who led countries like Singapore and United Arab Emirate (with the enviable capital like Dubai) were men who had visions of where they were taking their nations to.