Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has lamented the rate at which corruption is being celebrated within the Nigeria system and called for a collective war against it to revamp the nation’s economy.
He made the call on Monday, March 27, 2017 while speaking as the guest speaker at a 2-day National Anti-Corruption Stakeholders’ Summit organized by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, at the Commission’s Academy, Karu, Abuja.
The summit, which has as its theme “Building National Anti-Corruption Consensus in a Multi-Agency Environment”, is designed to engage a host of stakeholders to brainstorm on ways of addressing pertinent national issues.
According to Oshiomhole, “the Nigerian condition cannot change by lamenting it. Our roads will never be better, our rails will not function, our airport will remain the way they are, and our schools will remain the way they are or probably get even worse, because of the level of corruption and the impact on our national development, particularly in the area of infrastructure”.
While commending the initiative of the EFCC in organizing the summit, the former governor of Edo State said, “I believe that no amount of efforts can be too much in sustaining a conversation across the country about what each and every one of us can do to deal with this question of corruption.”
The guest speaker described corruption fight as the most difficult and challenging job in Nigeria and praised Ibrahim Magu on his achievements so far as the Acting Chairman of the EFCC urging the anti-graft agency to extend its dragnet to all sectors including media houses, civil societies, and organized labor as well as every other areas of human endeavours.
He also urged the anti-graft agency not to despair as there can be no war without causalities.
“There cannot be war without casualties. Gun is not made as a symbolic weapon. You fire, and there must be casualty. If there is no casualty, it is either that something is wrong with the gun or something is wrong with the person behind the gun. So war is supposed to lead to an outcome. So how can we be fighting corruption and yet there are no victims”, Oshiomhole wondered.
While commending the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari for its determination to stamp out corruption in Nigeria, Oshiomhole called on all Nigerians to join the EFCC in the fight adding that the judiciary also has roles to play.