#NESG: Peter Obi, others kick against corruption, call for more inclusive governance
Former Governor of Anambra State and the Vice Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election, Peter Obi, on Tuesday joined other Nigerians to denounce the corruption going on in the country, stressing that “ Nigerians must stop corruption from escalating.”
Obi said this while making his contribution during a plenary session at the ongoing 24th Nigerian Economic Summit (NES), with the theme “Citizens Dividend as a Measure of Good Governance.’’ He said that the citizens of Nigerian appear to be far away from government because of the nature and character of governance in the country adding that citizens most often don’t understand what the government is doing.
Obi stressed that corruption thrives more often where citizens celebrate corruption every day and not even traditional leaders and religious leaders are not left out of the mantra of celebrating corruption in the country. He added that it is only when the citizens take the discipline to reject corruption that it will be minimized in the country. “Let’s deal with corruption, let’s stop it from escalating, let’s start by saying that we cannot be part of it” he said.
Obi said further that the platforms such as Servicom and other portals which the government tried to use to mobilize the people and engage them on government policies and programmes, had failed because of poor management and inefficiency.
One of the panelists, Yemi Adamolekun, the Executive Director of “Enough is Enough Nigeria” said the average Nigerian has become skeptical of government because corruption, the rot in the system and failure of successive governments to deliver on the basic needs of the people, have led to disappointments which created the gap between the government and the citizens.
Yemi associated the deplorable level of poverty in the country to corruption adding that the current menace of votes buying witnessed in recent elections in some states, is a product of illiteracy and poverty. She advocated for a massive education and improvement in the welfare and infrastructure of the people as the only panacea that will breach the gap between the citizens and government adding that Servicom or any other portal initiated by the government will mean nothing to the citizens if government policies continue to alienate them.
Contributing as a panelist, the Country Director of Plan International Nigeria, Hussaini Abdu, blamed government policy for the corruption and the concomitant skepticism and pessimism of the Nigerian people adding that Nigerians have been failed by past administrations and have virtually resorted to self- help mostly at the informal level where they have sought survival.
However, the Permanent Secretary (Political) Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, (SGF), Gabriel Aduda, called on Nigerians not to lose hope in the government. He added that government is improving Servicom and other forms of social media platforms to reach the people. “More web masters have been trained and improvements made in the various forms of social media that can be used to reach the government,” he said.
Innocent Odoh, Abuja
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