ABEOKUTA—THE Awujale and paramount ruler of Ijebuland, Oba (Dr) Sikiru Kayode Adetona, yesterday, said that traditional rulers are not exempted from corruption in Nigeria.
The monarch however, declared that the country would not overcome its socio-economic challenges except corruption is weeded out from all strata of Nigeria’s existence.
Oba Adetona, while addressing newsmen at his palace during a special interview session organised by the Renaissance Group to mark his forthcoming 80th birthday and 55 years on the throne, lamented that corruption has become endemic, which requires divine intervention.
The traditional ruler said; “Corruption has become part of our life in this country, from our leaders and even the Obas are not left out, there is corruption everywhere. It is the greatest problem facing us as a country, and we have to overcome it to move forward.”
He emphasised that the country is rich in every aspect of human endeavour but, that corruption will not let the nation grow.
“People should refrain from being corrupt. If we as the people change, our leaders or anybody coming to corrupt us will also change,” he said.
The Renaissance Group had earlier described the traditional ruler as an incorruptible ruler, who is transparent and equitable.
The group outlined programs for the celebrations, which will be between Sunday, May 4th and May 10th 2014.