University Don Urges Buhari to Sustain Tempo of Anti-corruption Fight

A Professor of International Study and Diplomacy in the University of Benin, Prof. Eddy Eragbe, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari not to compromise on his anti corruption fight, adding that if he fails, it will be the greatest tragedy to befall this country.
This is even as he said that corruption provides basis for recolonization.
Eragbe spoke Thursday in Benin, Edo State, while delivering the Keynote address at an event organised by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), for the formation of Vanguard Against Corruption , to mark the World anti corruption day.
“Corruption has become a cankerworm in Nigeria today. But I can see some improvement in the activities of the ICPC and the EfCC.
“I want to advise President Muhammadu Buhari not to compromise his fight against corruption. It will be the greatest tragedy to befall this country, if he should compromise,” Eragbe said.
He described corruption as a product of moral, mental and spiritual poverty that hampers emotional and intellectual development.
“Corruption has eroded the ability of the government to provide social amenities like water, light and good roads.
“When corruption is in place, good governance is compromised. It tarnishes the international image of the country.
“Our students and youths are getting digital in crime and this is disturbing. We cannot continue like this in this country,” Eragbe said.
He noted that the two organs of government saddled with the investigation of corrupt cases, the ICPC and the EFCC, are too weak and are manipulative to the executive arms of the government.
“If these bodies are independent, that they are not answerable to anyone, (they will perform better),” he said.
The university don alleged that monies recovered from looters have sometimes been re-looted by the custodian.
He noted that it is sad that the government​ of Switzerland had to reach an agreement with the Federal Government to have knowledge of and supervise the projects the over $300m Abacha loot will be used for, before it will be released.
“It is now global knowledge that recovered looted money are re-looted by government officials. So, the world no longer trust us again,” he said.
Chairman of the occasion and Deputy Vice Chancellor of Delta State University, Oghara, Prof. Austin Anigala, lauded the initiative by ICPC.
Anigala called on students to key into the anti corruption drive of the ICPC
In his remark, the Governor of the state, Godwin Obaseki, said it was fit and timely to bring students into the consciousness of the drive to get rid of corruption in Edo State and Nigeria.
Obaseki, who was represented by a Special Assistant, Dr. (Mrs.) Doris Ayanka-Imalele, disclosed that his administration has already established a blueprint for eradication of all manner of corruption in the state.
“This programme is a strategic step to assist the state in making the students become partners in the government’s drive to wipe out corruption in all segments of the population in the State.
“I believe that this initiative of ICPC will go a long way in creating the much needed awareness of all, especially students, to join in the crusade of eradication of corruption,” Obaseki said.
In his Goodwill message, the Executive Director of Independent Communications Network, publishers of TheNEWS/P.M. NEWS, Kunle Ajibade, gave assurances of support of the organisation to the anti corruption drive of ICPC.
Ajibade who was represented by the Edo/Delta States correspondent​, Jethro Ibileke, noted that TheNEWS and it’s sister paper, P.M. NEWS were founded on integrity.
“Today, corruption has found its way into the family, religion, educational institutions, and the government. If the youths are leaders of tomorrow, then, it is very important that they take the front seat in the fight against corruption,” he said.

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