*Mrs Patience Jonathan cause stir at Melaye’s book launch
President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, former First Lady, Dr. Dame Patience Jonathan and other political juggernauts, practically shut down the nation’s capital, Abuja, for the book launch of Senator Dino Melaye. He wrote on corruption issues.
The book, titled ‘Antidotes for Corruption’, which is divided into 14 chapters with 600 pages, was presented at the Umaru Ya’Adua Centre, Abuja, where the roll calls of who-is-who in Nigerian politics struggled for space of recognition.
Barely 30 minutes into the activity, the former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, made a glamorous entrance into the arena, which led to a loud and resounding ovation that brought the event to a pause for some minutes. She sat between Melaye and Kawu Baraje.
In his opening remarks, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Umar Ghali Na’Abba said the book was timely as it would help in the re-orientation of the youths and leaders of the country on the dangers of corruption.
He said, “corruption is not only about financial misappropriation, it is defined by social defiance and failure of leadership. Nepotism is also a corruption”.
The launching of the book ‘Antidotes for Corruption’, a book forwarded by Senator Bukola Saraki, also attracted the presence of deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Alhaji Bello Mohammed, his Labour and Productivity counterpart, Dr. Chris Ngige and former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Dr. Anyim Pius Anyim.
Others are Clerk of the National Assembly, Alhaji Omolori, serving and past members of the National Assembly, with former President of Ghana, Jerry Rawlings and Chairman of Dangote Groups, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, ably represented.
In his speech, President of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, observed that the current anti-corruption war has not “yielded much success” because of too much sensationalism, tagging the current anti-corruption was as “five minutes sensationalism”
Speaking at the launch of a book written by Kogi West Senator, Dino Melaye tagged the ‘Antidotes for Corruption: The Nigerian Story’, Saraki said the fight against corruption should focus on deterrence and not punishment.
The Senate President said the current government was making effort in forcing back the menace.
He said, “I am convinced that why our fight against corruption has not yielded much success is that we have favoured punishment over deterrence.
”We must review our approaches by building our institutions to make it difficult for people to carry out corrupt practices. It is my view that the key area of prevention, we must work on, is to make it difficult for stolen money to find a home.
“We must fight corruption with sincerity, and not fight symptoms… unlike the five-minute sensationalism we have now. It must not be based on individuals but on institutions. Let us fight corruption with sincerity. If we fight corruption in a corrupt way, we will not make any headway.”