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Activists task Federal Government on meritocracy, corruption fight


Social activists and crusaders within and outside the country have charged the Federal Government to ensure meritocracy in its activities and concretise its fight against corruption and tame the menace of herdsmen in the country.

They gave the charge at a public lecture to mark the 48th birthday of the Executive Director of African Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ), Reverend David Ugolor.

A German-based Consultant on Conflicts Resolution and Peace, Bread for the World, Edert Valborg, said his group is involved in over 1,300 projects in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Germany and other parts of the world.

He said: “We must all fight corruption, do the right things otherwise you are not fit.”

A former Attorney General in Edo State and former National Chairman of National Conscience Party (NCP), Osagie Obayuwana, who was chairman of the occasion, condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s silence on issues of corruption and killings by herdsmen across the country.

He said the people must sit up and make the President to always speak out on the ills bedeviling the country, adding: “The best award we can give to President Buhari is what he is able to do in his anti-corruption drive and he must fight it.”
Obayuwana said government needed to be more transparent in its budgeting processes.

Speaking, Ugolor lamented the relegation of meritocracy and promotion of ethnicity and nepotism under the present administration, saying: “I am from Oghara in Delta State, I was born in Ologbo in Edo and grew up in Iguobazuwa in Ovia. I went to school in Edo State, yet whenever I make public comments about Edo, they say he is not from Edo.

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