The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has called on the government at all level to address the causes, symptoms and the system that encourage and nurture corruption to enable the present administration succeed in the fight.
Addressing participants at one day interactive session on war against corruption organised by the agency in Lokoja yesterday , the Kogi state Director of NOA Chief Ibikunle Medubi who made the call , said government must be alive to its responsibilities by giving hope and future to its citizens so as to enable them live decent lives devoid of corruption.
According to him “ to fight corruption in our society, we must not be under illusion that it is only those in government or politicians that area corrupt, there are symptoms of corruption in our daily lives which needed to be address”
Medubi who pointed out that the programme was in line with the “change” vision of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration with focus on the fight against corruption, noted that the President has consistently saying that “ if we do not kill corruption, corruption will kill us”
He therefore called on Nigerians not to wait for corruption to kill them before they kill corruption, urging the people to join hands with the present administration to eradicate corruption in the country.
In a paper titled “ war against corruption: imperative for national development and national security which was presented by the Executive Director Centre for Human Rights and Conflict Resolutions, Idris Miliki
Abdul, the human right activist identified the lack of freedom of access to public information for Nigeria citizens as the major sources of near failure of the anti-corruption crusade in the country. Abdul who said corruption is the major source and consequence of socio-economic and political problems that have undermined development, democracy, social justice and security, suggested that government should be proactive in addressing those problems through drastic reduction of poverty, increased universal access and equal opportunity to social and economic services, mass education on the nature and consequences of corruption among others.
He however averred that strong government commitment in the area of punishing corrupt officials irrespective of the antics of their collaborators would go a long way in curbing the menace of corruption in the country.
– Joseph Amedu, Lokoja