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SERAP, NOA urge Nigerians to join war against corruption


Cleric tasks Buhari on security, unity
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), in collaboration with National Orientation Agency (NOA), has called on Nigerians to participate in the fight against corruption in the country.

During a town hall meeting in Ikeja, Lagos, one of the facilitators, Mr. Dele Seteolu, also urged the media to help in the sensitisation on the anti-graft campaign.

The meeting was sequel to the launch of SERAP’s Social Norms (anti-corruption) survey in response to changing trends in anti-graft engagements in Nigeria.

In the survey, more than 92 per cent of the respondents agreed that corruption was a major problem, while about 56 per cent believed that corruption could be successfully fought in Nigeria, but that individuals should be involved.

Director of NOA, Lagos State, Mr. Ishola Waheed, stated in his report that the corruption war must be taken to the grassroots by engaging the critical stakeholders of the communities.

Meanwhile, the president of Christian Welfare Initiative (CWI), Archbishop Awofe Fadeyi has commended President Muhammadu Buhari in his quest to exterminate corruption in the country, but charged him not to pretend that all is well with the country.

He gave the warning at the first year remembrance of his predecessor, the former Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) for South West, Archbishop Magnus Atilade, in Lagos.

Fadeyi, who is also president, Association of Bishops and Church Leaders in Nigeria, said with the emergence of a lot of local security outfits in Nigeria, including of Amotekun in the South West, it had become clear that the Federal Government was not in full charge.

He urged the president to avoid being sentimental and eschew the spirit of tribalism, refusing to close his eyes to the reality that the nation is now sitting on the keg of gunpowder.

Calling on Nigerians not to relent in praying for the country and to support the government where it is moving aright, the clric said the late Atilade would always be remembered for what he stood for in Christendom, spending his money, time and energy to benefit mankind.

Preacher at the event, Archbishop Rufus Oguntuwase of Comforter Gospel Assembly World Outreach Missions, Lagos, described Atilade as epitome of wisdom.

He called on the Federal Government to approve local security outfits in all the states for maximum security, if state police is not possible.

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