Corruption Out of Control in Nigeria- Onaiyekan

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Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

A coalition under the aegis of Nigeria Working Group on Peacebuilding and Governance has said that Nigeria has gone out of control, alleging plot to dismantle anti-corruption agencies in the country.

The group in a statement urged government to intensify efforts at ensuring peace and stability of the country, Sahara Reporters published.

Among prominent Nigerians who made up the group are Cardinal John Onaikeyan, Dr Hakeem Baba Ahmed, Gen. Martin Lurther Agwai, Prof Attahiru Jega, Prof Jibrin Ibrahim and others.

The statement read in part, “The result is that corruption has gone completely out of control, as there is a concerted effort to dismantle anti-corruption agencies and render them ineffective, while evidence of corruption is growing, prosecution has slowed down considerably.

“Series of conspiracy theories that have emerged, with immense capacity to divide the country along the sharp lines of ethnicity and religion, which is further sustained by the absence of strategic communication between the Nigerian state and its citizens.

“This situation is further heightening the level of desperation among the citizens that are increasingly being detached from the everyday governance of the Nigerian State.

“Indeed, the presidency has adopted the strategy of responding to demands for urgent and holistic review of the basic structures and governance processes of our nation with demeaning statements.

“This tendency to abuse those who legitimately ask those with responsibility to listen to popular voices is alienating more Nigerians from the administration and playing into the hands of those who feed off desperation.

“The nation needs to adopt a sense of urgency in the way it deals with rapidly accumulating liabilities.

“We call on younger Nigerians in particular, to get involved in the search for a future without current levels of bitterness and dislocations.”

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