By NBF News

A university don, Dr Sherif Jubril, has described Nigerian rulers as a group of criminals who according to him, have plunged the country into untold economic hardship over the years.

He spoke yesterday in Minna while presenting a paper titled, 'Honest Leadership for Better Nigeria' at an event to mark the 2010 International Day Against Corruption.

'Admittedly, Nigerian citizens have circumscribed to enormous harm as a result of the nature of weak state formation that lacks the capacity to initiate and foster any meaningful and progressive agenda towards a sustainable development.  The country has over the decades been propelled by a group of liars, coupists, greedy species, wanton exploiters, criminal rulers, rot and shameless cabals,' he said.

Describing the type of democracy being operated in Nigeria as anti-people and anti-development, the don remarked that it is also anchored on criminal manipulations and disintegration of people's collective aspirations.  While lamenting that the virtues of the founding fathers of Nigeria as a nation have only received lip service, he  called on politicians to eschew  self enrichment to carry the people along in the development process.

The Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) who was represented by Mr Mark Ikheloa at the event, said the commission had adopted a policy of mass sensitization against crime and criminal activities.  He said that could only be sustained only when corruption is properly combated from the system, adding that all hands must be on deck to wipe out corruption.