“Corruption will kill Nigeria if Nigeria does not kill corruption”a statement made by President Buhari is an important statement we must be conscious of at this point in time when our economy has really gone down due to corruption that has eaten into every sector of our society. The painful part is the chieftaincy titles given to Politicians and public servants for the soul purpose of stealing because I doubt how a civil servant who didn’t steal will have millions to give the traditional ruler of his town that coronate him or her.
The current crusade by President Mohammudu Buhari is one that resonates with the whole of my being except for two things;
1) I have shared the story of how the immigration label me a LIER just because I am a Nigerian and told them I was going for a summit at the world bank and they refuse to believe me and sent me for second interview at the Atlanta International Airport.At a point I had to confront them and the statement the officer made was that Nigerians are Liers and corrupt.Not all Nigerians are corrupt. I have never occupied public office not done 1 single government contract. That however will not make me feel all those in public office are corrupt. That’s not true.Lack of professionalism by our media has made international community perceive all Nigerians as corrupt which is a pure lie from the pit of hell.No one should be guilty before being prosecuted before a competent court. I was discussing with a new friend at an event in the world Bank Headquarters,his company designs telecommunication mast that is cheap and affordable for rural dwellers and he had visited Nigeria and was confronted with the bureaucratic process of getting license. He however commended the former minister technology&ICT of being an exception. This retreats my point that everyone is not bad as the paper paint things to look like. Wait for court to declare them so. The President must retrain EFCC and other prosecuting agencies to be able to effectively collect back looted funds no matter where it was hidden and perpetrators sent to jail. But the “all politicians are corrupt slogan will not help us to effectively root out thieves”.What has set us backwards in the crusade against corruption is to label everyone corrupt even before facing a competent judge.
2) Judgement must start from the house of APC. For Buhari to have the moral authority to probe PDP members at large,It is wisdom to equally probe APC members too who are in government and have looted treasury. I strongly believe that if he probe APC member also he will successfully carry out his anti corruption crusade to a point of national and international commendation. The true worth of a leader is in his ability to provide justice to all his subject without soft sport for those in his inner circle.
This for me is a critical component of the anti corruption crusade if it will be successful and this I believe is the angle of Bishop Kukah.
I look forward to the day when Corruption will be a thing of the past in Nigeria. I look forward to a time when our children will travel out and get respect just because they carry Nigeria passport because the national value will be tangible felt.
Originally posted 2015-08-25 08:55:54.