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President Goodluck Jonathan said in Windhoek, Namibia, on Thursday that corruption in Nigeria had been blown out of proportion and the trend was taking its tolls on the image of the country.
The president stated this at a meeting with the Nigerian community in Namibia held at the Country Club, Windhoek.
He said “corruption is everywhere” but it is over-celebrated in the country to the extent that the nation and its people were stigmatised.
The president stressed that while his administration would not condone the menace, using big stick would not be a solution to end corruption.
He said in fighting corruption, government had continued to strengthen the relevant institutions in nipping the menace in the bud.
The President said with the promulgation of decrees and relevant laws stipulating capital punishment for armed robbery, the menace had not stopped.
Jonathan called on every Nigerian to resolve to do the right thing and support the government in its efforts at building a new Nigeria.
He assured the people that if all efforts were put together and the citizens cooperated with the government, the nation would be completely transformed in the next 10 years.
“The green passport should be a symbol of honour, respect and dignity, not humiliation,” he said.
He stressed that Nigeria was a great country and with certain definite steps the administration was taking, it would take its rightful position in the globe.