Written by Godfrey AKON

Monarch wants office holders to emulate JAMB

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has called on public office holders to emulate the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, which recently return over N7 billion to federal government coffers.

 Addressing participants at the presentation of a book in honour of JAMB’s Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, the monarch decried the high level of corruption in the country and commended Oloyede for his fight against the menace, stressing that the return of N7 billion was a major feat that requires emulation.

The Sultan said Nigeria cannot afford to sink further in the mire of corruption, urging government to take necessary steps towards eliminating the high level of corruption in the country.

According to him, a situation where an individual wakes up and claims that a snake swallowed N36 million under his care showed the level of impunity and degradation in the country, stating that as comic as the claim appears, it represents the moral bankruptcy in the society.

“Somebody just gets up and takes government money away scot free and nobody challenges him. Why do people do things with impunity?

“The reality is facing us, the earlier we wake up, the better for us; let us not sink further; things are bad, corruption is at very high level and is left for us to fight it to its terminal end. We cannot just sit down and be thinking things are okay, things are not just okay,” he said.

The sultan also warned against criminalising a particular ethnic group for the atrocities of a few individuals, urging Nigerians to tolerate one another irrespective of tribal or religious differences in order not to make peaceful coexistence elusive.

JAMB’s registrar, Oloyede, in his response, vowed to root out corruption from the exam body, calling on individuals who stole money from JAMB to refund and be free from prosecution as failure to refund would attract the full weight of the law.

 

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