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Anglican primate warns politicians against sleaze

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The 5th Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Rev. Henry Ndukuba, has called on political leaders in the country to re-examine themselves and stop using their positions to divert public funds.

According to him, anybody involved in corruption in any organisation is an enemy of God and the masses.

Speaking at the Episcopal Retreat of the church yesterday in Abuja, Ndukuba lamented corruption in the allocation of resources, appointments to public office, employment and every other facet of the country’s life.

He said, “Corruption is theft. It is a terrible enemy rooted in the fallen nature of man and boils down to our self-centredness. It is when an individual uses his advantaged position to siphon resources at his disposal to the detriment of the society. We have a way of re-naming atrocities to make them sound pleasant; oil theft is called oil bunkering and sexual immorality is called an affair.”

Ndukuba observed that the country needed to address the lack of national ethics and principles in governance.

“Until we have a national guideline for behaviour and attitude towards assignments, and the expectations of the people are respected, we might not make a headway.

“Poverty does not cause corruption; rather, it is the problem of the mind, the cultural build up of the society and the way we pattern our lives to meet the standard of modern life. With modern materialism and surge in greed, the habit of corruption is built. This is the reason our politicians do not operate with any political ideology. Instead, they fight for stomach infrastructure,” he added.

The primate insisted that insecurity, which is a challenge in the country, must be addressed, for progress.

“In addition to fighting violent crimes, we are also fighting arson. Our critical structures are being attacked and destroyed with strategic offices burnt down, and no one is held accountable. If these attacks on structures and innocent citizens persist, the nation will gradually be destroyed,” he added.


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