The presidential aide also alleged that Nigerians are not supporting the anti-corruption campaign of President Buhari.
According to reports, Obono-Obla said this in reaction to the National Bureau for Statistics report which stated that Nigerians paid bribes to the tune of N400bn between 2015 and 2016.
Speaking on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television program, the presidential aide also alleged that Nigerians are not supporting the anti-corruption campaign of President Buhari.
He said “It is chilling, daunting, outrageous and shocking but I am not surprised because corruption has become pandemic and endemic. Most Nigerians are pathologically corrupt.
“This government wants to fight corruption but what is the challenge? Nigerians do not want to support the fight against corruption; the judiciary and the legislature do not want to support the fight against corruption. It is as if only the President and the Vice-President are in support of the war against corruption.”
“The law we are using to fight corruption now has been in effect since 1983 but that law has not been used by successive governments because these successive administrations did not have the will, did not have the commitment or dedication to fight corruption and this government has gone into the archives to exhume that law to fight corruption and the law is very strict and maybe that is why successive administrations did not use that law in fighting corruption. That law predates the EFCC and ICPC Act,” he added.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has constantly said that President Buhari's anti-corruption war is aimed at pulling down the opposition.
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) coordinates the production of official statistics in all the Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), State Statistical Agencies (SSAs) and Local Government Councils (LGCs).
NBS came into being with the merger of the Federal Office of Statistics (FOS) and the National Data Bank (NDB).