Nigeria and the Need for a War to be Waged Against Corruption
This is a clarion call on all Nigerians to wake up from their slumber and fight the canker worm called corruption, which is fast eating deep into the souls of our dying nation. For us to achieve a corruption-free society, all hands must be on deck even as the 2015 general elections are fast approaching.
We all have to join the bandwagon for change and contribute to the improvement and development of our sick nation, else we will continue to suffer deterioration and wallow in despair. We have suffered enough and we do not have all the time to in the world to join the anti-corruption project because corruption desecrates the mind and soul of a nation and leads it on the path of perdition.
Delaying our progress will eventually lead to a defeat if we cannot stand up now and defend our country. We have to think about the coming generations. If we cannot conquer corruption, it will definitely conquer us and the unborn generation. Over the years, we have been ranked as one of the most corrupt countries in the world.
According to Transparency International Corruption Perception Index, that measures the perceived levels of public-sector corruption in a given country and is a composite index, drawing on different expert and business surveys. The corruption perception index scores a country on a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 indicating high levels of corruption and 10, low levels. In 2008, we were scored 2.7. In 2009, we were scored 2.5 and in 2010, we were scored 2.4. This shows that our country is one of the most highly corrupt countries in the world.
We have refused to apply an appropriate and effective measure that will reduce corruption to its minimal level and that is why we still hear the same old song as it were in 2003, when we were ranked as the most corrupt country. Hon. Justice Ayoola (the ICPC Chiarman) was right when in 2012 he said: “undoubtedly, Nigeria has huge potentials and resources to afford her estimated one hundred and twenty million people a decent and qualitative life, potentials to make it stand up and be counted as one of the richest and most developed countries in the world. Corruption brought gains to a few people in a short time but impacted negatively on the vast majority of Nigerians who have been reduced to living deaths and beggars.
This is clarion call is for all Nigerians who have the interest of our dying nation at heart. To build a corruption free nation even as the 2015 general elections draw near, all hands must be on deck to fight for it. It is high time we left our fixed position and moved on to the next level, we must make humility our watch word and integrity our key character.
We all know the good and the bad; we all know what can promote and demote our country. Let us all right our wrongs and make Nigeria great. Mark Twain was right when he said; “Each man must for himself alone decide what is right and wrong, which course is patriotic and which isn’t. You cannot shirk this and be a man. To decide against your conviction is to be an unqualified and excusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country. Let men label you as they may”.
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