Obasanjo: Nige­ria’s Cor­rup­tion Calls For Spir­i­tual Ap­proach

Sunday Trust - - FRONT PAGE - From Ke­hinde Akinyemi, Abeokuta

Aformer Pres­i­dent, Chief Oluse­gun Obasanjo, yes­ter­day dis­closed that with Trans­parency In­ter­na­tional’s per­cep­tion in­dex, the coun­try needed a spir­i­tual ap­proach in the anti-cor­rup­tion cru­sade.

Nige­ria was 144 of the 146 coun­tries for 2015/2016 cor­rup­tion rat­ing.

Obasanjo made the re­mark in Abeokuta, Ogun State at the 2017 Con­ven­tion Lec­ture of the Vic­tory Life Bi­ble Church In­ter­na­tional. He lamented that the per­pe­tra­tors do not fear any pun­ish­ment or con­se­quences be­cause the coun­try’s leg­is­la­tors free them from scru­tiny and gov­er­nors’ claimed to be im­mune.

In his pa­per ti­tled “The Role of the Church in the Fight Against Cor­rup­tion in Nige­ria,” Obasanjo de­scribed the church as an im­por­tant and in­flu­en­tial in­sti­tu­tion with a piv­otal role in curb­ing and erad­i­cat­ing cor­rup­tion.

The for­mer Pres­i­dent, who was rep­re­sented by Dr. Femi Ola­jide ob­served that leg­is­la­tions alone are not enough as they are of­ten breached by those who make them and those who should im­ple­ment them.

“The fight against cor­rup­tion in Nige­ria is the fight for the soul and sur­vival of Nige­ria. Like cancer, cor­rup­tion is grad­u­ally killing the coun­try,” he em­pha­sised.

The Gen­eral Over­seer of the church, Lawrence Achudume, lamented that the in­abil­ity to know the past has grossly af­fected the present and plan for the fu­ture, which in the larger con­text caused cor­rup­tion.

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