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Cleric urges Buhari to extend anti-corruption fight to National Assembly

By Isaac Taiwo
20 May 2016   |   5:00 am
Bishop of Isiala-Ngwa South (Church of Nigeria), Anglican Communion, Rev. Isaac Nwaobia has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the anti-corruption fight to the National Assembly.


Commending his courage in fighting against the cankerworm, he asked Nigerians to co-operate with him in order to sanitise the society.

The bishop spoke yesterday, at the conclusion of 1st session of the 3rd Synod of the Diocese with the theme: “The Teaching Ministry of the Church,” which took place at the Chapel of Epiphany¸ Anglican College, Owerrinta.

The cleric also asked the president to extend his anti-corruption war to other areas, where money belonging to Nigerians are being insidiously mismanaged.

Nwaobia expressed concern about the level of corruption at the national assembly, where the lawmakers have several personal assistants.

He added that the same applies to the states, where the 36 governors and their deputies have retinue of assistants, police escorts and drivers, among others.

According to him, if the huge costs that go with these appointments are computed, it would be worth noting that about 70% of the nations resources would have gone into payment of salaries alone.

He argued that with these challenges, it could rightly be deduced that democracy is very expensive in Nigeria, which probably explains why most states cannot pay workers salaries.

He urged Buhari to block all avenues where money is being unjustly spent, to enable government concentrate on the provision of basic amenities and infrastructure for the people.

Urging the president to scrap all unnecessary offices to save money for the country, he said the poor too, should be given the opportunity to benefit from the huge resources of the country.

Nwaobia canvassed for massive investments in griculture especially now that there is dwindling revenue from oil.