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NGO wants war against corruption to start from communities

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A non-governmental organisation under the auspices of the Wadata Communication, has urged Nigerian communities to take ownership of the fight against corruption and demand accountability from their political leaders.

The Programme Manager, Zubair Abdulrrauf Idris, said: “Unless communities take ownership of the war against graft, and sanitise their domains, fight against corruption might not be won.”

Similarly, two university lecturers, Dr. Yahaya Ahmed, an Associate Professor at the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna, and Dr. Gbenga Famosaiya of the Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, said institutional interventions put in place by government to tackle corruption were just addressing the symptoms and “abandoning the treatment.”

According to the dons, past and present political leaders were ‘kidnapped’ by corrupt men and their war against corruption was dead before it started.

They warned that except people at the community level evolved new approach to take their political leaders to task and be willing to make a sacrifice in the fight against corruption, the economy could collapse.

They stated this last Friday at a one-day town hall meeting on anti- corruption and promotion of good governance across the six geopolitical zones, organised by Wadata Communication in partnership with Mac Arthur Foundation in Ado Ekiti.

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