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Disregard for rule of law worse than corruption, says US envoy

Disregard for rule of law worse than corruption, says US envoy
October 22
22:11 2018
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William Stuart Symington, the United States ambassador to Nigeria, says injustice and disregard for rule of law is worse than the stealing of public funds.

Symington said this on Monday at the convocation lecture of the University of Ilorin, Kwara state, where he delivered a lecture on “Citizen Leadership and the Link between Economic Diversity and Democratic Good Governance”.

The ambassador described disregard for justice and rule of law as “more damning a corruption than stealing of public funds”.

“What many consider as the great corruption is stealing of money but what to me is the great corruption is when people are deprived justice, when you do things without regard to the rule of law,” Symington said.

Speaking on the security crisis in Nigeria, Symington said it is the responsibility of both the government and citizens to secure the country.

He said there is no clime in the world where the police alone can ensure safety, while urging Nigerians to support the security operatives.

“One of the most important things that I want you to leave today with is the idea that good governance can only come from Strong independent citizens,” he said.

“So, I think the right answer is there is no person who can make Nigeria more secure.

“There was that time in Nigeria when security was not the job of only the soldier and the police, but every village chief and every person who lived in the town was involved.

“There is no police force in the whole world that keep the neighbourhood safe all by itself. If you have such a police force, I would not want to live in that neighbourhood. Every security in the world derives from the support of the people in the place that is insecure.

“If you will have the tenacity to change Nigeria, look around you right now and change the life of one person today.”

In August, President Muhammadu Buhari was severely criticised for saying his administration would not sacrifice issues of national security for the rule of law.

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