The Senate President, Bukola Saraki has said for the country to win in the war against corruption, the anti-graft agencies must concentrate their energy on prevention rather than penalties.
According to him, the present war is built on “five-minute sensationalism” rather than fighting the symptoms of corruption.
He said reason why Nigeria has not been able to win the fight is because the grounds for the fight has been faulty.
He said this at the book launch of Senator Dino Melaye’s book, ‘Antidotes for Corruption: The Nigerian Story’
“I am convinced that why our fight against corruption has not yielded much success is that we have favoured punishment over deterence,
“We must review our approaches by building our institutions to make it difficult for people to carry out corrupt practices.
“It is my view that the key area of prevention, we must work on, is to make it difficult for stolen money to find a home.”
He added, “We must fight corruption with sincerity, and not fight symptoms… unlike the five-minute sensationalism, we have now. It not be based on individuals but on institutions.
“Let us fight corruption with sincerity. If we fight corruption in a corrupt way, we will not make any headway.”