Voice of Nigeria: Nigeria’s Former Head of State, Abdulsalam Abubakar, says Nigeria needs more Anti-corruption Agencies.
He said this in Abuja at a Public Presentation of the Book titled ,”We The People”, and the Launch of People’s Grassroots Association for Corruption free Nigeria.
Represented by the Former President of the Senate, Ken Nnamani, Abdulsalami noted that the war against corruption cannot and should not be left for the government alone.
“Nigeria needs more anti-corruption agencies, we need more of EFCC and the ICPC and the issue of corruption or war against corruption cannot be left for government alone. Corruption drains resources from the economy. Therefore there is the need to change the mindset of Nigerians,” the former Head of state said.
He called for publication of individuals who are found guilty of corruption cases saying this would give others opportunity to learn.
“Those who are found guilty of corruption cases, I mean those who commit certain atrocities in Nigeria should be publicised for others to learn,” he added.
On changing the mindset of Nigerians, Senator Ken said the issue of corruption is not limited to politicians alone but “more visible with the people in the political class.
“Calling the attention of Nigerians from grassroots will help build a new democracy in Nigeria,” the former Senate President added.
Mrs Obiageli Ezekwesili another guest at the book launch said there is no society that functions well that ever rewarded corrupt practices.
Ezekwesili said exposing corrupt Nigerians is not enough but dealing decisively and sanctioning them to the extent that deterrents are thoroughly dealt with is more important.
“Impunity is becoming a norm in the society, Nigerians should overturn the reign of impunity especially among our political class. The political decadence of this country has been costly to the greatness of this country that is why I am excited about the People’s grassroots association for corrupt free Nigeria,” Ezekwesili said.
The Author of the book and the founder of the People’s Grassroots Association for Corruption free Nigeria, Professor Peter Nwangwu said the book was written to deal with problems of corruption from grassroots to the people.
Professor Nwagwu added that the association intends to offer solution to problems of bad followership.
“Our mission is to cleanup Nigeria from grassroots and we call this cleaning from bottom up,” the author said.
The Book Reviewer, Vice Chancellor of Federal University Gashua, Professor Andrew Haruna said the book recommends change of attitude and change of mind.