He noted that in spite of the efforts being made by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), cases of corruption were still very high in the country.
The Sultan said this at the presentation of a book, ‘Dynamics of Revealed Knowledge and Human Science’, written in honour of the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Examination (JAMB), Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, in Abuja.
According to the Sultan, the level of corruption was taking a dangerous dimension because most Nigerians at the epicenter of power were not committed to the anti-graft war but were only concerned with their selfish interests.
“Corruption is at a very high level and it’s left for us to fight it to its terminal end. We shall not just sit down and be thinking that things are okay, things are not okay. We have said it so many times but it is left for us to sit together and find out ways and means of getting things back on track in this blessed country.
“The snake issue has been such a humorous thing that cartoons are centered on it. It is humorous but it is a sad reality of our country. Where are our moral values? Somebody just gets up, takes government’s money and goes away and nobody challenges him? Why do people do things with impunity?
“It’s a joke that snake swallowed N36 million maybe in dollars, but the reality is facing us and the earlier we do something about it the better for us. Let’s not sink further, things are bad,” he said.
The Sultan, who lamented the decline of moral values in the society, accused politicians of capitalizing on the general insecurity across the country, especially the herdsmen killings, to boost their political ego.
“Nowadays, we don’t have statesmen. We have men of states because people are aligned with their state and embrace their religion more than Nigeria. We have governors that only see their immediate environment as their own constituency and if you don’t belong to their tribal or ethnic background, you are finished.
“Our moral values have gone so low. We don’t have a sense of right or wrong. People talk anyhow they want to. People use people’s lives to have political stand. It’s wrong. Don’t you know people are dying every day but you as the governor, as the Councillor, as the President, as the Chairman, as Minister, you are under very tight security in the country you don’t feel anything. But the common man out there is being killed every day. Tens and hundreds are being killed every day in the name of economic survival”, he lamented.
The Sultan cautioned government and religious leaders to advise the citizenry to desist from criminalizing a particular ethnic group for peace and stability to reign in the country.
According to him, the herdsmen crisis must be devoid of religious or ethnic stereotyping as branding a people in negative colours could trigger more crises.