The immediate-past Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Sola Enikanolaiye has said family and friends push public officers to engage in corrupt practices by placing ‘unnecessary’ financial burden on them. Speaking at a reception organised in his honour in Abuja at the weekend, Enikanolaiye said, “Nigerians should not try to mount too much pressure on public servants. The expectations are simply too much. They expect you to give them cash, job, and help them solve all sorts of problems. People you never met before, they don’t know you, they just get your phone numbers and begin to call that I want to get married, I want to pay some fees, do this and that. I wonder how you expect a permanent secretary to get that kind of money.” Enikanolaiye, therefore, enjoined all Nigerians to support the Federal Government fight against corruption. This, he said, could be done by not putting too much pressure on high ranking public servants.
‘How family and friends make public officers engage in corruption’ – Amb. Sola Enikanolaiye
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