Arakunrin Akeredolu made this declaration in his address to participants at the opening session of the 2017 Law Week, of the NBA Ibadan Branch, Oyo state on Tuesday.
Governor Akeredolu who chaired the occasion decried the lost of these investments which would have pulled the nation out of its economic slump.
In his address at the event which had the theme: Integrity of the Nigerian Bench & Bar: A Prerequisite for Sustainable National & Economic Development; he pointed out that it was essential of Nigeria to build a formidable integrity if the country must be respected by the international community for direct foreign investment.
Akeredolu called for a collaborative cohesion by both the Bench and the Bar to uphold the tenets of integrity for the values of incorruptibility to rub off on the process of doing things in Nigeria so that development across the nation’s socio-economic landscape can be sustained
“Many have respect for honesty, but sparingly use it. Corrupt climate will always affect the confidence of investors.
“No other group or profession is more privileged than lawyers and judges. We can’t afford to throw away the enormous respect which the society has for us.
“We must strive to maintain a high standard of respect, show light to others and as well, continually fight corruption to a standstill”, he said.
The Governor, however, reiterated his love and support for the growth of the branch, and admonished leaders and younger ones to contribute with a view to sustaining its legacy.
The Governor who was at various times an officer of the Ibadan Branch of NBA suggested that the tripod of functional education, quality policing system and sound justice system as the veritable vehicle to sustain and advance economic prosperity of a nation.
In his contribution at event, Justice Nonyerem Okonkwo of the Appeal Court, Ibadan, noted that corruption has eaten deep into the fabrics of the profession, urged members to rise, rebuild and restore its lost glory.
“Let’s unite and fight corruption to a standstill, rewrite our names and bequeath a sane society to the oncoming generation”, he said.