Eniola Akinkuotu, veteran journalist with the Punch newspaper has reacted to the recent launch of Dino Melaye’s anti corruption book.
Dino Melaye, the senator representing Kogi West in the Senate recently launched his new book, ‘Antidotes for Corruption’ at the Yara’dua centre in Abuja.
According to Akinkuotu, Saraki and Dogara bought a copy for each of the 109 members of the Senate and 360 members of the House of Representatives, respectively.
Consequently, Saraki will pay N5,450,000 while Dogara will pay N18m for the book.
Akinkuotu, on his Facebook wrote: The hardback of Dino’s anti-corruption book costs N50,000 each. The book is just a compilation of Newspaper articles and stories on corruption. Saraki bought 109 copies for all senators while Dogara bought 360 for all members of Reps. N23.4m.
Consequently, Saraki also bought a copy of the book for Dino Melaye as part of the ones purchased for the entire senators.
NAIJ.com had reported that among the dignitaries who are at the occasion are Bukola Saraki, the senate president, his counterpart at the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, 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.
Speaking at the event, Saraki said: “Talking about antidotes, I am convinced that we must return to that very basic medical axiom that prevention is better than cure. Perhaps, the reason our fight against corruption has met with rather limited success is that we appear to have favoured punishment over deterrent.
“Most often, it is difficult to establish guilt beyond all reasonable doubts as required by our laws. It requires months, if not years, of painstaking investigations. It requires highly experienced and technically sound investigation and forensic officers. It requires anti-corruption agents and agencies that are truly independent and manifestly insulated from political interference and manipulation.
“We must admit that we are still far from meeting these standards. Most often, therefore, because our anti-corruption agencies are under pressure to justify their existence and show that they are working, they often tend to prefer the show over the substance. However, while the show might provide momentary excitement or even public applause, it does not substitute for painstaking investigation that can guarantee convictions.”