This reminds me of the Nigeria in which I grew up where civil servants and public officials were beyond reproach. Back then, all public accounts were properly audited, nobody took a dime that did not belong to them and there was respect for government property.

For me, we started losing it during the Second Republic when the likes of Umaru Diko, Adisa Akinloye and Joseph Wayas started flaunting ill-gotten wealth about. Then when IBB assumed office in 1985, corruption became institutionalised and the order of the day.

We have never got over the corrupting influence of IBB, who once famously said: “Every Nigerian has their price.” Our values have become so distorted that we now struggle to produce the likes of Lt Agunbiade these days.

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