MORAL DECADENCE, ROOT OF CRIME - LAMORDE
The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Lamorde has decried the high level of moral decadence prevalent in the country which he said was the major reason for the perpetration of economic and financial crimes.
Lamorde made the remark in a speech on his behalf by the Commandant of the EFCC Academy , Ayo Olowonihi while declaring open a workshop organised by EFCC and the Interfaith Anti-Corruption Advisory Committee (IAAC) to validate two anti-corruption manuals at the Commission's Academy in Karu, Abuja on July 4, 2012.
He said that it was a privilege to have clergymen and scholars gather to contribute their quota in the fight against corruption. 'What you are doing for EFCC is so important to this fight both as an institution and as a country. This is because preachers and men of God hold a vantage position to reach out and talk to the average Nigerian in very powerful and convincing ways.' Lamorde said.
Decrying the level of moral decadence in the country, the EFCC boss said it was baffling that despite the message of 'Thou shall not steal' in both the Holy Bible and Quran, many still steal from the commonwealth. 'I hope, with a gathering like this, the heart of the problem which is moral decadence would be effectively tackled'.