TI report: Okupe carpets Jonathan’s critics

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…Says president has a stone heart in the war against corruption

From GODWIN TSA, Abuja

Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to the President, Dr. Doyin Okupe, has carpeted those blaming his principal for the unpleasant position the country occupies on the global corruption ladder. He said that President has exhibited strong political will in the fight against the menace than any other leader in the past.

The global corruption watchdog, Transparency International (TI), has ranked Nigeria as the world’s 35th most corrupt nation, sharing the position with Azerbaijan, Kenya, Nepal and Pakistan, The Corruption Perception Index 2012 released on Wednesday revealed that Nigeria scored 27 out of a maximum 100 marks to clinch the 139th position out of the 176 countries surveyed for the report. It was the verdict of the anti-corruption body that Nigeria has remained entrenched in corruption without making much progress to fight the menace.

This has attracted criticism from Nigerians particularly from the opposition parties scoring the Jonathan administration very low in the fight against corruption. Their position was derived from the monumental fuel subsidy scam to the massive corruption uncovered in pension administration as well as the fraud at the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Bureau of Public Enterprises. Many Nigerians have already rated the Federal government very low in the fight against corruption.

Reacting yesterday, Okupe, who faulted the methodology adopted by TI in arriving at its judgment, said the Jonathan administration has demonstrated stronger political will in the fight against corruption than past leaders. “Because President Jonathan is unearthing corruption and releasing figures as it was never done in the past, critics are now saying his regime is the most corrupt. But let me tell you that President Jonathan has developed a heart of stone to unearth corruption.

He is not a showman, but a reformer who has demonstrated enough political will to fight corruption and by next year, the Transparency international corruption index would rise because government is doing monumental things that never happened before. “President Jonathan is using different mechanism in the fight against corruption.

There are institutional structures put in place by the Jonathan administration to tackle corruption at the root and all sources of corruption have been blocked. Listing instances where the Jonathan‘s government is fighting graft, Okupe cited the prosecution of fraudsters implicated in the fuel subsidy scam, investigation into the pension fund scandal where monumental sums of money and properties have been recovered, the geometric auditing of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and curbing of corruption in the supply of fertilizer and seeds to farmers, electoral reforms, job creation, legal and judicial reforms, as commendable efforts by Government in tackling corruption.

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  1. Okupe or what ever rubbish U bear as a name. I’m nt surprised 2 hear u in any of ur statements shielding ur boss b’cos u ar part of those sharing d loots.

  2. Had TI said we were the cleanest nation on earth,would Doyin Okupe and president Jonathan believe it? how many other countries are contesting their own rating? my only surprise is that there are countries that are more corrupt than Nigeria,I will like to visit such places and see what goes on there.

  3. Mr Doyin Okupe will go the way of professional praise singers like Walter Ofonagoro, Jerry Gana, Femi Fani-Kayode & Frank Nweke jnr at the end of their bolt & nuts jobs; POLITICAL IRRELEVANCE.

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  6. Nigerians have not seen the rumoured politicial will to fight corruption. What Nigerians have seen aplenty are bromides and platitude plus friendship with convicted corrupt Nigerians who frequent Aso Rock. Okupe has to do his job because that is what he is paid for. They care less that the country is sinking. Pity!

  7. Doyin Okupe and Olisa Metuh are nothing but political BALAAMS lying to the Nigerian public on the orders of the evil party called PDP.

  8. Okupe,big for nothing.infact am sure when u lose this job boko haram will employ u as a spokes person & u will do it well like ur doing now.

  9. This man called Doyin Okupe has missed it all. He is talking about reform, while TI is saying corruption stinks in Nigeria. Even the so called reform that the guy is shouting about has not achieved any visible result. So , why the noise. Corruption is endemic in Nigeria, . In fact we don’t need anyone to tell us so.

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  11. Alhaji Dan-azumi Gana on

    Okupe ! or whatever you call your name, I dont blame you, its because you are benefitting from the sharing of public fund called “NATIONAL CAKE”. Meanwhile, know that whatever you here on earth, either good or bad, you shall account for it, so, keep defending yourselves and we shall keep watching your activities.

  12. Nigeria’s problem didn’t started when GEJ occupied Aso Rock. It actually started long ago before GEJ even smelled Aso Rock aroma. We only compounded the problem when we allowed sentiments to blur our collective judgment on who to occupy the president’s seat.
    When citizens of developed nations critically evaluate the integrity, honesty, patriotism and track record of those aspiring to occupy their no 1 seat, we in Nigeria only see a candidate as credible if one is aligned to our religion, tribe, region and can be able to dole out money on election day. We the citizens must have attitudinal change from this ill trend then we shall see progress in every facet of our country life.

    • Amee-ivo Mkohol Piezos on

      Usman, A. M. I agree wit ur view totally.U have said it all. Thanks my brother… Amee-ivo Mkohol Piezos is my name.

  13. The problem of this country is the constitution and the structure. With the way this country is structured we cannot achieve goal in the fight against corruption. We need to restructure this country and also the constitution should be looked into. This can only be achieved through National Conference. We need people oriented constitution not militarized constitution.

  14. THIS TRANPARENCY INTERNATIONAL MUST HAVE ROBBED US.HOW CAN YOU EXPLAIN TO AN AVERAGE NIGERIAN THAT NIGERIA WHICH HAS BEEN OCCUPYING FIRST OR SECOND POSITION SUDDENLY CAME 35TH.IT MUST HAVE BEEN A MISTAKE AND IS UNACCEPTABLE.THEY HAVE TO RECTIFY THIS ANOMALY AND SINCERE APPOLOGY TENDERED.

  15. Amee-ivo Mkohol Piezos on

    Okupe is a fat moron doin just what all political appointees in Nigeria knows best. As far as i’m concerned there is no country as corrupt as Nigeria if only TI will do a thorough job they will come 2 undastand Nigeria corruption cannot be quantify.

  16. OKUPE YOU BE YE YE MAN. STOP FOOLING YOURSELF BECAUSE NAIJA KNOWS WHO BE WHO, YOU ARE A THIEF, PAY IMO STATE AND BENUE STATE THE MONEY YOU STOLE FROM THEM BEFORE YOU DEFEND MR CORRUPTION HIMSELF GEJ

  17. Samuel Olufunmilade on

    Okupe is know to always make corrupt statements in his bid to cover corrupt practices by himself and his likes in governance. Nigerians know his antecedents, so it is not strange occurrence to have Okupe open his loud basket-mouth and ooze out corrupt laden statements. We are watching and God is watching too…

  18. good talk Okupe…but we want to see more or better outcomes of the political will. it should also be seen at all level of governance and public and private lives

  19. The big fishes talk and talk and make press interviews. One wonders why they send their reporesentatives instead of attending these press interview and conferences themselves. nThe other day, Gowon sent his comments through a representative. Danjuma did the same. Even Yakowa did the same. What are they running away from if they think Nigerians have time to listen to their foolish talks. I wonder how Gowon, who could not understand simple english used by Ojukwu at the Aburi, Ghana accord conference now want to educate us because he purchased his phd from a London university. Can he show his desertation to the Nigerian public? To not create any additional state as propounded by Gowon is idiotic. He should be advising his northeastern hemsmen to merger some of the villages they call states first to save costs. That will be a good start; and then the governors must get re-educatged by Dr Babangida Aliyu of Niger State on how to be a servant governor. They hold the key to what is keeping the north in disaarray. They know it and cannot run away from the truth no matter how much they pretend to strategize. The Northern youths know who is holding them down. They are no fools and this is not longer a “ranka dede” business.

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