The Nigerian government has been advised not to relent in its effort at bringing all those who looted the nation’s treasury to justice.
Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka gave this advice while fielding questions from newsmen when information and culture Minister Lai Mohammed paid him a courtesy visit at the freedom Park in Lagos.
The visit was part of the Minister’s tour of agencies and parastatals under the information and culture Ministry.
The Nobel laureate was unequivocal in his support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s quest to stamp out corruption urging the government not to be cowed by the deliberate attempts to frustrate the anti-corruption crusade.
“There is no question whatsoever that we are not where we were before this new administration took over , but we all have to be very careful. Corruption fights back and the hardiest fighters are those who are at the cesspit of corruption. There is no retreat; no matter what libellous garbage comes out from any part of this country,” he stated.
Professor Soyinka also expressed confidence in the government’s readiness to successfully prosecute any group or individual found to have stolen or misappropriated the nation’s funds.
“We haven’t had corruption being exposed on this scale in this country before. We never had the experience where we have been in a state of critical emergency. We haven’t had such exposure and because of this reason corruption has decided to fight back,” Soyinka explained.
Professor Soyinka described as insulting news making the rounds accusing him of engaging in corrupt practices.
While calling those peddling such rumour desperate individuals, he expressed his readiness to face the appropriate legal authority if properly invited.
On his part, the Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed expressed the government’s resolve to develop the arts industry in the country.
He said that the Ministry is currently strategising on how to tap into the opportunities and potentials in the culture and arts industry to create jobs for Nigerian youths.