A former Registrar of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), MrAyorindeO- gunruku has proposed ways of combating corruption, which has been described as bane of Nigeria’s development.
He argued that there should be ethical revolution if the fight against graft must be won.
Ogunruku said this in Lagos at the weekend while delivering his keynote address at the 51st Annual General Meeting of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA).
He spoke on topic titled, “Corruption: The Cankerworm of Economic Development in Nigeria’.
He said, “It is clear that for a nation to advance into the vor- tex of the 21st century global economy that is competitive with those of the advance econ- omies , an ethical revolution that will change the general mind set of the people from ‘kleptomianism’ to a conscious driven habit is key”.
on the need to urgent fight graft in the country, the keynote speaker remarked that, “Corruption in Nigeria manifests in different ways in different sectors of the national life.
From the public sector to the private, from the social life to the religion, evidence of personal interest to the detriment of the common good is exhibited
“These are seen in govern- mental affairs where public funds are diverted to private personal use of through mis appropriation of public funds ostensibly to gratify self interests and desires as well as in all forms maladministration where correct procedures are abridged or short circuited for personal gains”
The former Registrar who decried the quantum of corruption in the country, explained that the ethical revolution was a spiritual matter, saying, “It is a matter of fearing God the maker of heaven and the earth, being considerate for other humans, and showing respect for the creation of God”.