by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Journalists, who took part in a seminar for “Promoting Accountability and Anti-Corruption Crusade through Behavioral Change Approach in Kaduna State,” have volunteered to form Anti-corruption Journalists Group with a view to also vigorously, promote anti-corruption in the country.
A journalist participant, Mr Idibia Gabriel, had, during the seminar’s wrap-up session on action plan said he was passionate about the title of the seminar, the idea and discussions on strategies to curb corruption, and vowed to form a Journalists version of anti-corruption.
Earlier, participants in a seminar, tagged: ‘Community People’s Parley In Promoting Accountability and Fight against Corruption,’ which also comprised community and religious leaders, called on Nigerians to rise up against the challenge of hydra-headed monster called ‘corruption’ before it destroyed the country totally.
The seminar, organized by Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC), in collaboration with Mambaya House Aminu Kano Chapter for Democratic Studies, Bayero University, Kano, and funded by the MacArthur Foundation, noted that corruption has eaten deep into the fabric of the nation, saying the only way out is to adopt the narrative of “change begins with me” from selves.
Speaking during the session, a political analyst and Scribe of Kawo Development Association (KDA), Mr Chidi Madu Jnr, said “Virtually, everything we lack in this country is caused by corruption, including insecurity bedeviling us today.
“This is because our so-called leaders have stolen our National Treasury blue and black. So it’s high time Nigerians rally together to curb this monster called ‘corruption’ in the country,” he said.
Also, a lecturer with the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Dr Nasiru Abdullahi, said what is needed is sincerity of purpose, while reiterating the need for Nigerians to strive for a decent living through hard work and diligence, while seeking knowledge.
He, however, warned against trying to live the lifestyle of others, adding, “When people are employed in certain agencies and they began to loot the funds there, people hail them and say they are lucky. There’s nothing like that; it’s corruption, which is not allowed in any of the two religions we profess in Nigeria,” he said.
The councillor representing Kakuri-Gwari in Kaduna South Local Government Area, Hon Samaila Isa, strongly believes that the fight against corruption has to begin with us. He said, as a politician, he will start the awareness and sensitization campaign among his colleagues at the local government council, noting that, if the contributions by participants at the meeting are implemented, the goal on the anti- corruption war will be achieved.
Reverend Samuel Ebitone of Royal Tabernacle in Sabon Tasha, Chikun LGA, described the meeting as laudable, saying, if taken seriously, most of the problems bedeviling the society would be reduced.
He insisted that corruption should be given its proper name, “stealing,” and urged government to be accountable and deal with those found wanting in the acts. “If they can handle one to three of them, I tell you our problems – the corruption – will be reduced,” he said.
In the same vein, the Village Head of Tudun Wada, Alhaji Gambo Ibrahim, said corruption is indeed a sensitive issue that needed sensitive action by all and sundry.
The traditional leader said corruption lives within us, hence the fight against it starts with us, stressing that this could be tackled from the family setting, as the menace is all encompassing.
On her part, a woman leader, from Kurmin-Gwari, in Kaduna South LGA, Mrs Comfort Livinus, said the campaign on behavioral change has to start with the family, beginning from the husband to the wife and then the children, before the community to the larger society. “There’s no way we can curb corruption without tackling ourselves. I urge us to put the campaign and awareness into practice in the New Year 2022,” Mrs. Livinus added.