All Nigeria Peoples Party candidate for the 1999 presidential election, Chief Olu Falae, on Monday declared the bribery scandal in the House of Representatives “an eyesore”.
Falae, who said this at the inauguration of the Ondo State chapter of the Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria in Akure, asked the anti-graft agencies to probe the scandal.
The former Minister of Finance, who was Chairman of the occasion, urged professional bodies to “speak out and condemn” the act and other scandals at the National Assembly.
He said, “This nation is in dire need of credible leaders. We cannot afford to leave our country in the hands of charlatans and people of questionable characters. Everybody should speak out and condemn this national shame.”
President of the APBN, Mr. Segun Ajanlekoko, regretted that poor leadership had remained a major hinderance to the attainment of set goals for the country.
He said, “Nigerians should cherish values that would promote patriotism, citizens empowerment, and campaign against corrupt practices altering all facets of our national development.”
Also, the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Prof. Biyi Daramola, urged banks to consider long term lending and financing of projects that could intensify the nation’s economic development.
He challenged professional bodies to offer useful advice to the nation’s leadership on how to tackle the problem of infrastructure in the country.
No fewer than 26 professional bodies including the NSE, ICAN, NITP, PSN, CIBN, NIS, NMA, CITN, CIS, NIQS, NIOB, NIESV, among others were inaugurated as one body under the umbrella of APBN on the occasion.