By Angela Atabo
An NGO, Godspeed Leadership and Mentorship Development Initiative (GLEMDI) has called on Nigerians to stop showing solidarity with corrupt officials.
Mr Habila Kayit, Executive Director, GLEMDI, made the call on Tuesday during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
According to Kayit, the call is very important because corruption has stunted the growth and development of Nigeria and deprived citizens the liberty of enjoying the dividends of democracy.
He explained that the fight against corruption and corrupt practices were all encompassing and required a holistic and deliberate approach.
“Recounting the negative effect of corrupt practices over the years, no sector of the economy has been free from activities of corrupt officials.
“No wonder power supply is still epileptic, roads are in bad shape resulting in countless accidents and death of innocent people.
“The educational sector is experiencing unstable growth with unending strike actions, poor infrastructure and inadequate learning equipment.
“Also, inflated figures on contracts, faceless beneficiaries of government intervention programmes, abuse of offices and standard procedures, poor justice system and bad governance among others have bedevilled the country.”
Kayit said that unfortunately, corrupt officials had gained solidarity and were being celebrated by some interest groups, community leaders, families and friends.
He said the open support and celebration of these corrupt leaders with chieftaincy titles and different kinds of awards by their kinsmen and groups alike, was shameful and unacceptable.
He said these acts should be rebuked and the perpetrators brought to book irrespective of the amount in questions, region, gender, religion and status in the society.
“It is morally wrong to justify and sympathise with corrupt officials based on parochial reasoning centred on gender, religion and ethnicity.
“This has halted our growth and impoverished citizens with the corrupt officials and their cronies living large to the detriment of the general public.
“No corrupt official is above the law.”
Kayit, therefore, said the anti-graft agencies should rekindle the hope of the citizens by going after the strong and mighty who had stolen from the nation’s treasury.
He also urged them to exhibit strong commitment devoid of selective justice in discharging their responsibility. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Abiemwense Moru/Chioma Ugboma