Former Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili, has supported the call for capital punishment for corrupt practices in order to transform the country.
Akunyili, who was the guest
lecturer at the 7th lecture of the College of Natural and Applied
Sciences, Bells University of Technology, Ota, Ogun State, on Wednesday,
said the desired change in the country had been hampered by
corruption, insecurity, poor leadership among others social vices.
said, “In China, it is death penalty for corruption. I believe if we
are really serious about fighting corruption, there is the need to
insert harsher clauses to make corruption less attractive, just like
they do in China.
“Once, one, two, three, four corrupt people are
executed for corruption, some others who have such tendency will
definitely fall in line.”
According to Akunyili, if the government fails to punish corrupt practices, it might as well be promoting it.
She added, “We just have to find a way to decisively fight corruption before it completely ruins this beautiful country.”
former minister, who presented a paper entitled ‘National
Transformation: the Challenge of our Time’, also suggested that the
government must introduce a social security scheme for the unemployed
youths as done in the United States and the United Kingdom.
noted that government in those countries paid stipend to their
unemployed so that the lives of the rich and middle class would be
She added, “It is common sense that the rich will remain
unsafe in the midst of a hungry and angry majority. Government in the
Western world understands that the negative energy vibrating from such
people is enough to create discomfort.”
Akunyili, who suggested
that the government could start the scheme with the physically
challenged and the aged, commended the Ekiti State Government for
introducing a social security for the aged.
“To me, being a good
leader means being a principled leader, and being principled simply
means being a man or woman of your words, being guarded by the right
moral compass, doing the right thing anytime, anywhere and even in the
face of threats of any type. It is simply leadership by example,” she
According to her, when a leader compromised his position
by sharing filthy lucre with his or her subordinates, he or she has lost
the right leadership authority and incapable of instilling any
discipline in the work force.
She said, “When I was in NAFDAC, if
I had allowed officers in the ports or the registration desks and other
sensitive areas to make returns to me, we would not have been able to
record any success in sanitising the food and drug sector.
of the university, Prof Isaac Adeyemi, said the institution invited
Akunyili because of her pedigree and contributions to the nation’s