A former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Prince Bola Ajibola SAN, has advocated psychiatric test for all public office seekers in order to stem the tide of corruption.
Reacting to the arms scandal which has seen the arrest of some top politicians and office holders, the one-time president of the Nigeria Bar Association, said it has become necessary to determine their suitability for public service.
“I have always felt that going into any public office, the aspirants must first of all be thoroughly examined, tested and their past performances and their positions must be looked into. In fact, they should also examine them mentally whether they are fit and proper persons to go into the offices.
“They must also ensure that they are not going to fix in all those greedy people who are desirous of going in there to steal and to take the money of the government for their own purpose just to enrich themselves,” Ajibola said.
Speaking further, the ex-judge of the International Court of Justice at The Hague, said “A lot of people think that going into politics is just getting there to steal what they can steal. There is this idea now of stomach infrastructure. So, is it government they are now going to serve with this idea of stomach infrastructure? That is very sad. It is sad!
“”When I was in government, I was there fully ready and conscious of my service to the nation and was interested in improving the position of the nation. Not only had I refused taking my salaries but also I was pumping my money into it. I was serving with my money being put into it. “I was engaging the services of clerks, secretaries, staff into ministry of justice being paid for by myself. Who is doing that now among them? All they are interested in is to get there and steal money to buy SUVs and to acquire as much as possible because they all think about governing as a place of booty where they can enrich themselves either by hook or crook and they are even the highest paid public servants in the whole world.”