Corruption as a family inheritance
Sir: In Yorubaland, a common wish and pride of parents is that children should inherit the legacy of whatever is their occupation or trade and it was not uncommon to see them working assiduously to ensure that the template for its accomplishment was laid. This was the period in which hardwork, character, trust and honesty were key values of society and people tried to live up to those values which ensured societal peace and stability.
However and unfortunately, times have changed to one in which we have, as a people, lost our moral values, the fabric of societal peace and morality and this is responsible for societal upheavals manifested in disorderliness, indiscipline and criminality ravaging our land today.
In keeping with this societal wish and desire by parents for their children, a disturbing pattern has emerged from the immediate past, as we are daily inundated with how public officials have bestowed the legacy of corruption and abuse of public trust to their children in the various media celebrated crises. What a shame and this is a disturbing trend that stands condemned in its entirety.
As for me and my house, just like I have inherited the qualities of honesty, integrity and hardwork from my parents, no matter the situation of the country, may the Almighty help me to bequeath such legacy to my children for the good of the society.
What do you want to bequeath to your children?
• Nelson Ekujumi,